The social prerequisites of success: Can college structure reduce the need for social know-how?

Regina Deil-Amen, James E. Rosenbaum

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Abstract

A study of fourteen colleges finds that community colleges require certain kinds of social know-how-skills and knowledge less available to disadvantaged students. They present seven obstacles: (1) bureaucratic hurdles, (2) confusing choices, (3) student-initiated guidance, (4) limited counselor availability, (5) poor advice from staff, (6) delayed detection of costly mistakes, and (7) poor handling of conflicting demands. However, we find that a very different kind of college-the private occupational college-takes steps to structure out the need for this social know-how and address the needs of disadvantaged students. We speculate about possible policy implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-143
Number of pages24
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Volume586
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • College students
  • Community colleges
  • Cultural capital
  • Dropout
  • Higher education
  • Proprietary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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