Cover: Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites, from Harvard University PressCover: Creating a Class in PAPERBACK

Creating a Class

College Admissions and the Education of Elites

Add to Cart

Product Details

PAPERBACK

$23.00 • £18.95 • €20.50

ISBN 9780674034945

Publication Date: 09/15/2009

Short

320 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

World

Mitchell Stevens gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of how prestigious colleges make [admissions] decisions and shows how what they decide has shaped the lifestyle and values of upper-middle-class America… It is his first-hand experience that makes the book such a gem—Stevens’ narrative brings us into the thought-world of the admissions office itself, allowing the reader to view the process from the inside out.—Jordan Hylden, First Things

Stevens is a storyteller, an ethnographer who takes readers on an 18-month journey as an admissions counselor. He skillfully paints a rich description of how admissions officers at a private, highly selective, liberal arts college make decisions, and explains why the ability to assemble strong applications is not evenly distributed across the population… Stevens states that his book is about privileged families and the organizational machinery in place to pass comfortable social positions on to their children. The book does much more… This text is a must read for undergraduate students, faculty, and parents.—A.A. Hodge, Choice

Merit may have displaced money as the primary calling card for admission to an elite college, but readers of this book may wonder if much has really changed.Education Week

This fascinating book uses fly-on-the-wall reporting to show how decision-makers at a prestigious liberal arts college unwittingly perpetuate an American elite. Mitchell Stevens has done a real service by pulling back the curtain on the secretive college admissions process.—Susan Coll, author of Acceptance: A Novel

Skillfully blending facts and figures with evocative case studies, Mitchell Stevens illuminates the process of admissions to an elite college, and shows how vexed and conflicted it is.—Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard University

At the most influential American colleges, growing competition to be selective and to be selected is undermining the democratic values traditionally entrusted to higher education. Rather than serving as routes to social mobility, many college admission offices end up perpetuating the status quo. Mitchell Stevens’s thoughtful and eloquent book illuminates the machinations of the system—and its consequences.—Lloyd Thacker, President, Education Conservancy, editor of College Unranked

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Jacket: An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns, by Bruno Latour, translated by Catherine Porter, from Harvard University Press

Honoring Latour

In awarding Bruno Latour the 2021 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy, the Inamori Foundation said he has “revolutionized the conventional view of science” and “his philosophy re-examines ‘modernity’ based on the dualism of nature and society.” Below is an excerpt from An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns. For more than twenty years, scientific and technological controversies have proliferated in number and scope, eventually reaching the climate itself. Since geologists are beginning to use the term “Anthropocene” to designate the era of Earth’s history that follows the Holocene