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Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality

Monday, February 17, 2014
12:00 AM
2239 Lane Hall

Michael Bastedo (Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education)
Elizabeth Cole (Women’s Studies, Psychology, Afroamerican and African Studies)
Phil DeLoria (LSA Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, History & American Culture)

Sociologists Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton spent five years tracking a cohort of college women at a large Midwestern public university from freshman year though graduation and into the labor force. Their findings reveal how outcomes can differ so dramatically for those whom universities enroll.

In an era of skyrocketing tuition and mounting concern over whether college is “worth it,” Paying for the Party is an indispensable contribution to the dialogue assessing the state of American higher education. A powerful exposé of unmet obligations and misplaced priorities, it explains in vivid detail why so many leave college with so little to show for it.

Access the recommended readings.

Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Sociology and Women's Studies