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Price of Admission How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges - And Who Gets Left Outside the Gates

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ISBN-10: 1400097967

ISBN-13: 9781400097968

Edition: 2006

Authors: Daniel Golden

List price: $25.95
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Every spring thousands of middle-class and lower-income high-school seniors learn that they have been rejected by America's most exclusive colleges. What they may never learn is how many candidates like themselves have been passed over in favor of wealthy white students with lesser credentials--children of alumni, big donors, or celebrities. In this explosive book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Daniel Golden argues that America, the so-called land of opportunity, is rapidly becoming an aristocracy in which America's richest families receive special access to elite higher education--enabling them to give their children even more of a head start. Based on two years of investigative…    
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/5/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298

Daniel Golden is Deputy Bureau Chief at the Boston bureau ofThe Wall Street Journal, where he has covered education since 1999. Previously, he was a reporter at theBoston Globe. The recipient of numerous journalistic honors and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award, he holds a B.A. from Harvard College. He lives with his wife and son in Belmont, Massachusetts. From the Hardcover edition.

Introduction : the Tennessee waltz
How the "Z-list" makes the A-list : Harvard's payback for big donors
Recruiting the rich : development admits at Duke
The fame factor : celebrity children at Brown
Enduring legacies : Notre Dame's other tradition
Title IX and the rise of the upper-class athlete : fencing, crew, and polo scholarships
A break for faculty brats : free and easy entry for the children of professors
The new Jews : Asian Americans need not apply
The legacy establishment : taking on Congress and the higher education lobby
The challenge of wealth-blind admissions : how Caltech raises standards - and donations
Ending the preferences of privilege : suggestions for reform