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The Diverted Dream – Community Colleges and the Promise of Educational Opportunity in America, 1900-1985 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Diverted Dream: Community Colleges and the Promise of Educational Opportunity in America, 1900-1985

Steven Brint and Jerome Karabel

Abstract

In the twentieth century, Americans have increasingly looked to the schools--and, in particular, to the nation's colleges and universities--as guardians of the cherished national ideal of equality of opportunity. With the best jobs increasingly monopolized by those with higher education, the opportunity to attend college has become an integral part of the American dream of upward mobility. The two-year college--which now enrolls more than four million students in over 900 institutions--is a central expression of this dream, and its invention at the turn of the century constituted one of the g ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1989 Print ISBN-13: 9780195048155
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195048155.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Brint, author

Jerome Karabel, author