Degrees Of Inequality : How The Politics Of Higher Education Impacted The American Dream

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Degrees of Inequality: How the politics of higher education sabotaged the American Dream is a well-written and well-researched book that helps readers explore the intricacies of higher education policy while allowing them to discover how the policyscape has furthered inequality and enhanced classism in America (Mettler, 2014). The text itself is empirical in nature, and is the culmination of eight years-worth of mixed-methods research. According to the “Acknowledgement” and “Notes” sections of the book, Mettler, the researcher, author, and American Institutions professor at Cornell University, conducted interviews, document analyses, and statistical analyses for this study. Statistical graphs from sources like the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are embedded throughout the text along with a masterfully woven comprehensive history of higher education that not only supports Mettler’s data and arguments, but also enhances the book’s readability.
Some examples of historical references used in Degrees of Inequality include, but are not limited to: how federalism and early land grants set the stage for our nation’s commitment to higher education, how Johnson’s signing of the Higher Education Act into law made college a possibility for low income students, how the reduction of Pell Grant funding during the Reagan era placed the burden of college tuition on low-income students and their…
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