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Stich and Case Review Broke

Stich and Case

In their book Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Public Universities, Laura T. Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen analyze the impacts of defunding public institutions on racially marginalized students and “new universities” —competitive research universities primarily serving low-income and minority students. 

Associate professor of higher education Amy Stich and PhD student Collin Case further explore this issue by providing diverse points of view and contributions from various scholarly sources in their review of Broke for The Review of Higher Education.

In the review, Stich and Case write, “Hamilton and Nielsen break open a new space for practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers to rethink higher education and their own institutions through the lens of postsecondary racial neoliberalism in order to produce meaningful, sustained change.”

Stich and Case’s book review deepens Hamilton and Nielsen’s analysis while opening the door for further research by raising questions related to the book’s focus:

  • Are “new universities” the future of public higher education? 
  • What are the driving factors of the transition from PWU (predominantly white universities) to ethnically diverse institutions?
  • Why or how has postsecondary racial neoliberalism become popular among public universities and how it could change the postsecondary education system?
  • What other consequences does the disinvestment in public education has besides racial discrimination and rising tuitions? 

Access the full book review

Stich, A.E., & Case, C. (2022). [Review of the book Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Public Universities, by Laura T. Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen]. The Review of Higher Education 45(3), 409-414. doi:10.1353/rhe.2022.0004.

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