"A comprehensive examination of the history and status of the community college in America. This volume is especially welcome because the community college, despite its importance, is the least understood part of the postsecondary education system. The Diverted Dream
is the best analysis of the overall role of the community college to appear in quite a while and it will be a standard reference on the topic."--The Times Higher Education Supplement
"Well-documented and raises important question about the role of education in our society. For the working class and minority students that predominate in two-year institutions, this book serves as a cruel reminder of the limits of opportunity in a class-structured society."--New York Times Book Review
"This is an exemplary and significant book, in both scope and execution....This is a well-researched, well-organized, and well-written book that serves as a model of theoretically grounded sociological work at its best. I recommend it for all who are interested in education, political processes and institutions, social change, and organizations. It is likely to be the definitive work on community colleges and democratic ideals."--Contemporary Sociology
"An important study that legitimizes further the debate on the social role of community colleges in American society."--Journal of Higher Education
"Represents a monumental scholarly contribution to the literature on community colleges in particular and to higher education and the American society in general....It is 'must' reading for every community college scholar, practicing administrator, faculty member, and policy maker."--Community College Review
About the Author
Steven Brint is at Yale University. Jerome Karabel is at University of California, Berkeley.