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Top Student, Top School? How Social Class Shapes Where Valedictorians Go to College

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ISBN-10: 022604100X

ISBN-13: 9780226041001

Edition: 2013

Authors: Alexandria Walton Radford

List price: $32.00
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Most of us think that valedictorians can write their own ticket. By reaching the top of their class they have proven their merit, so their next logical step should be to attend the nation’s very best universities. Yet inTop Student, Top School?, Alexandria Walton Radford reveals that many valedictorians do not enroll in prestigious institutions. Employing an original five-state study that surveyed nine hundred public high school valedictorians, she sets out to determine when and why valedictorians end up at less selective schools, showing that social class makes all the difference. Radford traces valedictorians’ paths to college and presents damning evidence that high schools do not provide…    
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/2/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 0.59" wide x 0.89" long x 0.06" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Alexandria Walton Radfordis program director of transition to college at RTI International.She is coauthor of No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life.

List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: Three Valedictorians
Predisposition: Setting the Course
Preparation: Paving the Way
Exploration: Investigating College
Application: Choosing Potential Destinations
Admissions: Gaining Permission to Enter
Matriculation: Selecting among Offers of Admission
Integrating It All: College Destinations and the Paths That Lead to Them
List of Most-Selective Colleges
The High School Valedictorian Project Social Class Variable
Quantitative Data Collection
The High School Valedictorian Project Web Survey
The High School Valedictorian Project Interview Schedule
Regression Tables