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Selectivity, Sorting, and Inequality in Higher Education

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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.

Simon Marginson and Marijk van der Wendt. 2007. “To Rank or be Ranked: The Impact of Global Rankings in Higher Education” Journal of Studies in International Education 11 (3/4): 304‐329.

Carleton University: PADM 5227 - Higher Education and Society 

Clark, I.D., G. Moran, M.L. Skolnick and D. Trick. Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario. Kingston/Montreal: Queen’s Policy Studies Series, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009. For additional background on the book, see the website

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

In The Atlantic Monthly, August, 1995, Nicholas LeMann, "The Great Sorting: The Structure of Success in America: Part I and The Atlantic Monthly, September, 1995, Nicholas LeMann, The Structure of Success in America: Part II.

David Kirp. Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line. Harvard University Presss. 2004. 

Additional Readings Recommended by the Atlas Editors

Bryan Williams, Elite Universities are Turning Our Kids Into Corporate Stooges, New Republic, April 26, 2015.

Matthew O'Brien, 'The Great Gatsby Curve': Why It's So Hard for the Poor to Get Ahead, The Atlantic, June 18, 2013.

Josh Freedman, Why American Colleges are Becoming a Force for Inequality, The Atlantic, May 16, 2013.

Kevin Carey, How to Raise a University's Profile: Pricing and Packaging, The New York Times, February 6, 2015.

Caroline Hoxby and Christopher Avery, The Missing "One-Offs": The Hidden Supply of Higher-Achieving Low-Income Students, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Spring 2013.

George Scialabba, Class and the Classroom: How Elite Universities are Hurting America, Foreign Affairs, March/April 2015. 


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