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Higher Education’s Impact on Social Development: Social Capital and Disparities in Income and Opportunity

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Recommended Readings

Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy: JSGS 854 - Higher Education Policy

Michael Mumper. 2003. “The Future of Public Access: The Declining Role of Public Higher Education in Promoting Equal Opportunity,” Annals of the American Academy 585: 97117.

Paul Axelrod. 2002. Values in Conflict: The University, the Marketplace, and the Trials of Liberal Education. Montreal: McGill‐Queen’s University Press, ch. 4

Carleton University: PADM 5227 - Higher Education and Society 

Eric Girard, What I Learned At Law School: The Poor Need Not Apply  

Harvard Kennedy School: SUP 442 - Tackling the Toughest Challenges in Modern American Higher Education

Derek C. Bok. Higher Education in America. (Fall, 2013. Princeton Univ. Press).

Additional Readings Recommended by the Atlas Editors

Ian D. Clark, "Recent Research on the Benefits of University for Marginal Students: Implications for Ontario’s Enrollment Planning," Public Policy and Governance Review, November 29, 2012.

Brand, Jennie E. and Yu Xie. (2010). “Who Benefits Most from College? Evidence for Negative Selection in Heterogeneous Economic Returns to Higher Education.” American Sociological Review, 75(2): 185-204. See pdf at:

Hout, Michael. (2012). “Social and Economic Returns to College Education in the United States.” Annual Review of Sociology, 38:379-400. See pdf at:

Charles Murray, "Are Too Many People Going to College?" The American (American Enterprise Institute), September 8, 2008.

George Fallis, Ontario doesn't need three new campuses, Toronto Star, March 5, 2012.


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