By Rupert Wilkinson
From the 1st scholarship donated to Harvard in 1643 to present day international of "enrollment administration" and federal delivers and loans, the writer provides a full of life social and monetary historical past of the conflicting reasons of pupil reduction and makes proposals for the longer term. His learn for this publication relies on information and interviews at 131 private and non-private associations around the United States.In the phrases of Joe Paul Case, Dean and Director of economic relief, Amherst collage, "Wilkinson has mined the information of dozens of associations to create a mosaic that info the growth of scholar the aid of the seventeenth century to the current. He supplies specific recognition to the origins of need-based suggestions, from the charitable benevolence of early schools to the regulation-laden guidelines of the government. He supplies due attention to institutional motive--he demanding situations the egalitarian platitudes of prosperous faculties and questions the countervailing industry and monetary forces which may imperil need-based relief at much less aggressive associations. by way of drawing on rankings of private interviews and exchanges of correspondence with relief practitioners, Wilkinson fleshes out contemporary a long time, aiding the reader to appreciate new tendencies within the provision of aid."
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It can, though, be the other way about. Pragmatic motives, albeit sincere in themselves, may mask altruism. 22 Historically, the purposes of student aid have been obscured by reticence about social class. Even when the aid was explicitly need-related, college administrations and private donors described its targets in personal terms: “worthy students with slender means,” “needy and deserving students,” and so forth. The truism that America’s culture of individualism is thorny soil for the language of class has applied with special force to colleges.
Merit scholarships or other programs for the academically talented tend to enroll higher-income students even when they are not just based on test scores. The correlation between wealth and academic ability is not the same at all colleges. It depends to some extent on a college’s market situation and the nature of its intake. Colleges that have a tradition of recruiting strong students from a nonwealthy middle class or of losing the brightest rich students to more prestigious competitors can find that their best performers are middle-income or upper-middle-income rather than high-income students.
They often highlight numbers showing an increase in the public-school proportion of entering freshmen. In the realm of public rhetoric we often assume that altruistic postures conceal personal and institutional self-interest. It can, though, be the other way about. Pragmatic motives, albeit sincere in themselves, may mask altruism. 22 Historically, the purposes of student aid have been obscured by reticence about social class. Even when the aid was explicitly need-related, college administrations and private donors described its targets in personal terms: “worthy students with slender means,” “needy and deserving students,” and so forth.
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