Rosenbaum Discusses New Book with Pacific Standard

Rosenbaum Discusses New Book with Pacific Standard

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Northwestern University sociologist James Rosenbaum, who has studied the college-for-all-movement for decades, is a leading voice in the field in part to his careful analysis of what colleges can do to improve completion rates, and his assertion that pushing a four-year bachelor's degree on all students is a recipe for failure, Dwyer Gunn wrote in the Pacific Standard.

In their new book Bridging the Gaps, Rosenbaum and co-authors Caitlin E. Ahearn and Janet E. Rosenbaum, “delve into the shortcomings of the B.A.-for-all mindset, arguing for a dramatic shift in both the philosophy and procedures at the vast majority of post-secondary institutions in this country.”

Rosenbaum’s book also explores the institutional barriers that prevent many students from completing post-secondary degrees or credentials and looks at how to improve completion rates and job opportunities for students at community colleges and other post-secondary institutions, Gunn wrote.

In this Q & A, Rosenbaum, a professor of human development and social policy in the School of Education and Social Policy and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, discusses the history of the college-for-all movement, the transitional gaps where institutions fail students, and why it's time for a major re-evaluation of what college-for-all should mean.

Read the full article, "Do We Need to Rethink What College Means? 

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 10/2/17