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When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today's College Student

ISBN: 978-0-7879-3877-2
208 pages
February 1998, Jossey-Bass
When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today
The clock becomes your enemy when reading this book. The revelations propel you along causing you to read faster and faster to the next line, paragraph, page, and chapter. Must reading for anyone concerned about higher education and the future. This will be the most often quoted research and literature on student demographics for all higher education during the next decade!


--GwAndolyn Jordan Dungy, executive director, NASPA

In his 1980 book When Dreams and Heroes Died, Arthur Levine presented a portrait of a generation of college students without heroes?a generation that turned inward, away from activism and community and toward individual and material gain.

But when Levine returned to campuses in the 1990s, he discovered a startling and encouraging shift in the attitudes of the new generation of students. When Hope and Fear Collide examines a generation motivated by a conflicting sense of hope and fear. While today's students fear a great many things both on a global and local level they are less pessimistic than the previous generation, as they look for ways to make a difference in their world. Campus faculty, administrators, and student services professionals are in a pivotal position?able to nurture students' hopes and help them confront and overcome their fears. Levine and Cureton give them the information they need to make a difference.

Contents:

Generation Without a Name

Flaws, Problems, and Decline: The New Localism

Campus Politics: Let the Buyer Beware!

Multiculturalism: The Campus Divided

Personal Life: Retreat from Intimacy

Academics: Search for an Insurance Policy

The Future: Doing Well of Doing Good

Conclusion: A Transitional Generation

Arthur Levine is president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jeanette S. Cureton served as assistant to the president at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, and as a research assistant to Arthur Levine at the Harvard Graduate School of Educa
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Preface xi

The Authors xix

1 Generation Without a Name 1

2 Flaws, Problems, and Decline: The New Localism 19

3 Campus Politics: Let the Buyer Beware! 49

4 Multiculturalism: The Campus Divided 71

5 Personal Life: Retreat from Intimacy 93

6 Academics: Search for an Insurance Policy 115

7 The Future: Doing Well or Doing Good 135

8 Conclusion: A Transitional Generation 145

Appendix A: Studies Used in this Report 168

Appendix B: Campus Contacts 173

References 176

Index 181

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ARTHUR LEVINE is president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. A 1982 Guggenheim Fellowship winner, Levine's other awards include the American Council on Education's Book of the Year Award in 1974 and the Educational Press Association's annual award for writing in 1981 and 1989.
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"This is a must-read for everyone who wants to match current student needs with an appropriate college experience....Levine and Cureton present a comprehensive snapshot of students in the 90s. The data are interesting and the analysis is powerful." --Choice

"Continuing education professionals would do well to pay attention to the book's depiction of what is happening in colleges and universities today, not only because some of authors' research includes nontraditional undergraduate students, but also because the experiences of today's undergraduates will color expectations throughout their lives, including their continuing education." --Continuing Higher Education Review

"This 1998 book 'seeks to paint a portrait of the current generation of college students.' Succinct, well-researched, well-documented, and well-written, Levine and Cureton's book accomplishes that stated goal admirably.... This book, through juxtaposition of responses from a previous generation with those of today, substantially contributes to the student affairs profession by providing a translation of students' life experiences into values, attitudes, and behaviors. Student affairs professionals who read this book will understand students better, leading to services, programming, and relationships enriched by that understanding--enabling professionals to stand ready at the intersection when hope and fear collide." --Journal of College Student Development

"A lucid, subtle, knowing look at America's young people at the And of the 20th century: their aspirations, hopes, worries?a book that will help shape the way teachers across the nation do their work." --Robert Coles, professor of psychology and medical humanities, Harvard University

"The clock becomes your enemy when reading this book. The revelations propel you along causing you to read faster and faster to the next line, paragraph, page, and chapter. Must reading for anyone concerned about higher education and the future. This will be the most often quoted research and literature on student demographics for all higher education during the next decade!" --GwAndolyn Jordan Dungy, executive director, NASPA

"This is a MUST READ book for all college and university adminstrators, faculty members and student affairs professionals. Anchored in wide ranging research, it captures the complexities of today's undergraduates, putting them in historical perspective, like no other available work?all accessible through Art Levine's lively, penetrating style." --Dr. Arthur Chickering, visiting distinguished professor, Vermont College, Norwich Univeristy

"The manner in which our institutions of higher education care for students during this period of dramatic social change will dictate not only the extent of their academic success, but ultimately the competitiveness and strength of this country as well. Such care requires elegant understanding, and there is no better place to learn how that understanding can be provided than to read Levine's and Cureton's powerful new book When Hope and Fear Collide." --Barry Munitz, chancellor, the California State University System

"In the future, each time someone pontificates about the state of college students today, you will appreciate again this book's sound research and illuminating conclusions. You will also have uncovered a provocative lens through which to understand anew our recent cultural history. Levine and Cureton have done us a valuable service" --Dr. Donald M. Stewart, president, the College Board, New York, New York

"Student affairs administrators should encourage major campus decision-makers (presidents, trustees, academic affairs administrators, and other academic administrators) to read this book. This is a book that calls for fundamental change." --Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs
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