The (Mis)Education of Monica and Karen
Hamilton, Laura, and Elizabeth A. Armstrong. 2012. "The (Mis)Education of Monica and Karen." Contexts, 11(4): 22-27.
Monica and Karen, two typical in-state students starting college at a mid-tier public university in the Midwest, encounter organizational arrangements best designed to serve affluent, out-of-state partiers who can afford to pay full freight. Sociologists Laura Hamilton and Elizabeth A. Armstrong discuss how Monica and Karen's stories reveal the great mismatch between the needs of most college students and what many four-year residential universities offer.