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Contemporary Issues in Higher Education

1st Edition

Edited by Marybeth Gasman, Andrés Castro Samayoa


226 pages

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The latest text in the Core Concepts in Higher Education series, this volume speaks to the complex dimensions that higher education scholars and educators need to understand about the shifting role of postsecondary education in the United States. Chapter authors clarify current issues affecting the field, and offer fresh perspectives articulating how policy, demographic, and institutional changes influence the everyday practices of those who work in higher education. This book explores macro perspectives affecting institutional decision-making and processes as well as students’ perspectives on campus—from colleges’ credentialing procedures to the current demographic changes in students’ enrollments, to students’ social identities. Guiding questions at the end of each chapter offer readers an opportunity to frame discussions in which they can engage and invite readers to consider avenues for future research and exploration. This is a valuable resource for graduate students, administrators, and researchers who seek to understand and improve the policies and contexts of higher education today.


"This forward-thinking book is a wake-up call to those of us who remain largely oblivious to the unprecedented diversity of students in our colleges and universities (including incarcerated, homeless and undocumented students). With unblemished candor, the authors call out practices, such as stereotyping, oppression, indifference, sexual violence, invisibility, that are undermining not only the learning but the persistence of far too many of these students."

—Clifton Conrad, Vilas Distinguished Professor, Higher Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"This book brings together an intergenerational group of eminent scholars to advance the thinking required to address enduring and emerging issues in higher education. It provides an accessible touchstone for new and experienced higher education scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to enhance their perspectives and examine complex educational problems."

—Anne-Marie Núñez, Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University

"Contemporary Issues in Higher Education is an important volume that is both timely and timeless. Chapters highlight both new vital issues in higher education, as well as on-going issues that remain unsolved or have become even more prominent in this turbulent time of national political disunity. The perspectives from new scholars as well as established scholars provides rich insights and courageous conversations focusing on the changing cultural environments in higher education today and in the future."

—Timothy P. Fong, Professor, Ethnic Studies, California State University, Sacramento

Table of Contents

ContentsSeries Editor Introduction


Part I

Chapter One: The Demography of Pathways to Higher Education for Critical Populations

Maurice Shirley and Stella M. Flores

Chapter Two: Geography of College Choice

Nicholas Hillman and William Casey Boland

Chapter Three: Challenges and Opportunities in the Use of Big and Geocoded Date in Higher Education Research and Policy

Manuel González Canché

Chapter Four: Sexual Violence on College Campus

Susan Marine

Chapter Five: The New Credentialing Landscape

Jason L. Taylor

Chapter Six: Vigorous Civility: Aspirations for Free Expression on Campus

Frederick M. Lawrence

Part II

Chapter Seven: Refuting Contemporaneity: Trans* Experiences In, Out, and Beyond Higher Education

Children of the House of "Pay it No Mind" (A Collective of Trans* Scholars in Higher Education and Student Affairs)

Chapter Eight: Understanding Islamophobia on College Campuses

Shafiqa Ahmadi, Darnell Cole, and Monica Prado

Chapter Nine: Students Experiencing Homelessness on College Campuses

Jarrett Gupton and Jennifer Trost

Chapter Ten: Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Students

Debbie Mukamal and Rebecca Silbert

Chapter Eleven: Undocutrends in Higher Education

Susana M. Muñoz and Yuri Hernández Osorio

Chapter Twelve: Understanding Single Mothers in College: Strategies for Greater Support

Cynthia Hess, Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, Barbara Gault, and Mary Ann Demario

Author Bios

About the Editors

Marybeth Gasman is the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education and the Director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Andrés Castro Samayoa is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, USA.

About the Series

Core Concepts in Higher Education

Core Concepts in Higher Education is a textbook series for the education of new professionals, covering the core areas of study in the field of higher education and student affairs. This timely and dependable series provides the necessary tools to ensure practice is informed by theory and research. The books in this series invite students to think critically about the field to discover what has been left out and what needs to be learned, and also provides frameworks and constructs for addressing challenges facing higher education. The Core Concepts in Higher Education series moves thought, action, and scholarship forward by valuing, reconstructing, and building on the foundations of the field. Through a rich combination of research, theory, and practice, this series aims to move the field into a new generation of scholarship to better prepare students for authentic leadership of our colleges, universities, and academic communities.

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