Summary

Thomas Heberlein presents his research on the Small School Talent Search, a UChicago initiative to recruit talented students from rural schools that began in 1960-of which he was a part.  This effort at social change, possibly as important as the student activism on campus at the time, went largely unnoticed.  Interviews with former administrators and SSTS students in the class of 1967 including some of the 38% who did not graduate shed light on the program origins, recruitment and on campus experiences. Lessons from this program are relevant today as elite universities try to promote diversity Micere Keels follows this discussion with an examination of how the costs of college extend far beyond the financial costs of attendance, such as psychological costs in the form of stress, depression, and anxiety. These psychological costs are greatest for students who do not see themselves reflected in the larger student body and faculty, are less integrated into campus life, and experience a cultural gap between their pre-college and college contexts. Understanding social identity challenges to college success is of increasing importance because researchers have established that ability, academic preparation, and financial resources explain only part of the variation in college persistence. She discusses identity-neutral versus identity-conscious frameworks for student programing, and the extent to which equity is achieved by recognizing versus ignoring social identity differences.

Details

Duration:
1 hour, 10 minutes, 1 second
Recorded:
June 2, 2017
Published: October 12, 2017