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A Degree and What Else? (Carnegie Commission on Higher Education) Hardcover – January 1, 1972

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US (January 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070100357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070100350
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,914,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written in 1971, the book has chapters by different authors, studying the value of a university education in the United States. In part, the book seemed motivated by the then recent upsurge in people going on to university.

Factors discussed include differences in social class between incoming students, and what effects these have on their experiences and graduation rates. Another is whether going to college increases the chances that a person will be politically involved. Here, there must have been a subtext of the experiences of the student protests in the 1960s, and which were still ongoing in 1971.

Also studied is a tension between the antiegalitarian aspect of much of higher education, and the increasing mass access to that education. Would there be a dumbing down? Looking back from the present, such fears seem unrealised. What has perhaps happened to accomodate the greater range of aptitudes was the establishment of courses that were easily to take.
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