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Private Costs, Public Benefits: An Analysis of 25 Years of Coverage on Access to Higher Education in Influential U.S. Newspapers

Abstract Higher education enrollment and degree attainment rates have increased in the U.S. Yet higher education has remained inaccessible to many. Low- and middle-income students and students from particular racial and ethnic backgrounds enroll and attain degrees at lower rates than their peers. To gain insight into the topic of access to higher education, I used social constructionist, critical, and socio-cognitive perspectives to conduct a descriptive, content, and discourse analysis of 1,242 articles about access to higher education published from 1994-2019 in eight influential U.S. newspapers. I also explored the historical and social context in which this coverage was situated. I found that access to higher education was considered an imp... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Lish, Rebecca (Author) / Fischman, Gustavo E. (Advisor) / Bergerson, Amy A. (Committee member) / Ott, Molly (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Higher education / access / discourse analysis / higher education / media
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 141 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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