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Two Cheers for Higher Education$
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Steven Brint

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691182667

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691182667.001.0001

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The Priorities of Patrons

The Priorities of Patrons

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(p.203) 6 The Priorities of Patrons
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Two Cheers for Higher Education
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Steven Brint

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691182667.003.0006

This chapter talks about the priorities that patrons expressed and the consequences of their largesse, focusing on the three giants of giving: the federal government, the fifty states, and million-dollar-plus donors. It argues that the priorities of patrons tended to favor fields that were closely aligned with power centers in American society—many connected to technological innovation—and their financial aid preferences tipped decidedly in the direction of support for middle-class and affluent college students. Less well-connected fields and financially needy students were not neglected by patrons, but support for them failed to keep pace. By contrast, most professors identified with the structures of academic professionalism, and a large proportion also supported the universities' aspirations for wider social inclusion.

Keywords:   patrons, federal government, fifty states, million-dollar-plus donors, American society, technological innovation, middle-class students, social inclusion

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