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For-Profit Colleges: What’s Race Got To Do With It?

This week I will presenting findings from my study on race, class, gender and for-profit colleges. Slide01

There is a sense that race has something to do with for-profit college enrollment. There are the brown faces in ads and Claire Huxtable as the official voice of the University of Phoenix. Trend data certainly supports this visceral read of the for-profit college landscape: African Americans and Latinos are more likely to be enrolled in a for-profit college than are Whites.

Yet, empirical tests on race and enrollment choice are inconclusive.

What gives? Does race have anything to do with for-profit college enrollment?


I will discuss the theoretical weaknesses of rational choice models of college choice when status is variable. I base the framework on findings from my multiphase qualitative study of college admissions at for-profit colleges and interviews with for-profit students. I argue for a framework of credential-seeking logics, embedded motivation, and stratified college choice as part of the the Race Workshop at Duke Sociology.

Folks may be tweeting the talk.

Look out if you’re interested.

12 comments on “For-Profit Colleges: What’s Race Got To Do With It?

  1. socalelectricguy
    February 9, 2014

    Very interesting topic.

  2. Chocolate Vent
    February 9, 2014

    Let’s hear it!

  3. gillianrosh
    February 8, 2014

    Will this be streamed anywhere or available in recorded form? In lieu of that, I will have to wait for you to come speak somewhere in the Midwest 🙂

    • tressiemc22
      February 9, 2014

      Thank you for asking, Gillian. I’m actually not sure but I will definitely ask. And my only midwest plans for now are UW-Madison 2/17. 🙂

      • Hobbes (@hobbular)
        February 9, 2014

        Do you have further details on your UW appearance? I’m very interested in attending.

  4. VanessaVaile
    February 8, 2014

    Reblogged this on As the Adjunctiverse Turns and commented:
    Feb. 11 (Tues) at 1pm, Soc/Psych 329: Tressie McMillian Cottom, PhD Candidate, Emory University – Talk Title: “Lower Ed: Inequality and The Rapid Expansion of For-Profit Colleges.” Watch for it — follow on Twitter ~ hashtag?

  5. Terris McMahan Grimes
    February 8, 2014

    I’ve always felt race played a significant role in for-profit-college enrollment. I’m glad to see someone taking a critical look at this issue. I will look out for your lecture.

  6. bernasvibe
    February 8, 2014

    Reblogged this on Berna's Vibe~The Way I See IT and commented:
    Re-blogged by Berna from the Tressiemc Blog because education ‘matters’. Alot!

  7. bernasvibe
    February 8, 2014

    You go girl! I am so proud of YOU..I shall be following. Interesting, indeed..

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