• The Privileged Poor

  • How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students
  • By: Anthony Abraham Jack
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Getting in is only half the battle. The Privileged Poor reveals how - and why - disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges and explains what schools can do differently if these students are to thrive.

The Ivy League looks different than it used to. College presidents and deans of admission have opened their doors - and their coffers - to support a more diverse student body. But is it enough just to admit these students? In The Privileged Poor, Anthony Jack reveals that the struggles of less privileged students continue long after they've arrived on campus. Admission, they quickly learn, is not the same as acceptance. This bracing and necessary book documents how university policies and cultures can exacerbate preexisting inequalities and reveals why these policies hit some students harder than others.

If we truly want our top colleges to be engines of opportunity, university policies and campus cultures will have to change. Jack provides concrete advice to help schools reduce these hidden disadvantages - advice we cannot afford to ignore.

©2019 Anthony Abraham Jack (P)2019 Tantor

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LIVED IT!

As a member of "the privalged poor" that attended a very elite post secondary school, this research and book is timeless for me and my children. Without a doubt, my review if I shared in it's entirety, would easily lay the groundwork for a Ph.D. proposal for a disortation. Suffice to say, an absolute must read and tell!

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I have so many thoughts! This book should be a must read for educational administrators.

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I resonate so much!

Great read, very easy to listen to and follow along with the physical book. Required reading for any social economically disadvantaged youth going to college, grad school or is navigating college right now. Professors, policy makers, donors, take a listen!
An eye opener!

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Really enjoyed the book!

I really enjoyed the book, but the narration was a bit distracting for me. I wish it was from the author himself!

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thought provoking

good observations, though wonder how #metoo movement and increasing anti sexual harassment policies affect recommendations

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Anecdotal while at the same time predictable

Poor people have it tough. Some poor people have it tougher than others. Privledged Poor people that hang around rich people do better Than the doubly disadvantaged, which he calls DD’s. The dds can’t seem to figure out how to hang out with rich people.

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Good Info But Narration Is Brutal

The info was great but so boring with this narrator. It also felt like he was a bit condescending in the way he spoke.

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Great book!

As a higher education professor and administrator I learned a lot from this book. Highly recommended! The narrator does an excellent job.