Series on Special Student Populations Series

Welcoming Blue-Collar Scholars Into the Ivory Tower

Developing Class-Conscious Strategies for Student Success
Paperback: 9781889271965 / $25.00
Published: July 2015

92 pp., 6" x 9"
Language: English

Welcoming Blue-Collar Scholars Into the Ivory Tower is the first volume in a series designed to explore how institutional policies, practices, and cultures shape learning, development, and success for students who have been historically underserved or given limited consideration in the design of higher education contexts. Using the theory of social reproduction as a lens, Krista Soria explores working-class students’ access to and experiences in the academic and social spaces of the campus. Chapters focusing on the classroom and social settings offer recommendations for transforming the learning environment to better support students from working-class backgrounds. Strategies for increasing access, including precollege support networks, and creating inclusive campuses are also addressed. This compact, accessible volume provides both the theoretical grounding and the practical strategies educators need to create a welcoming environment for this underserved population.

Table of Contents:

Foreword—Tracy L. Skipper, Series Editor

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Theoretical Perspectives on Social Class in Higher Education

Chapter 3: Access to Higher Education: Examining the Roots of Disparities in Attendance and Attainment

Chapter 4: Class in the Class(ed)room

Chapter 5: Social Class and Integration on Campus

Chapter 6: Strategies for Campuswide Reform to Support Working-Class Students in Transition

About the Author

Reviews & Endorsements:

"Soria focuses on the 'What can we do?' question .… By establishing the critical issues through a review of research literature, the reader is guided to learning about activities that have worked successfully with blue­collar students."-

- Journal of College Student Development

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