This powerful book explores how institutions of higher education can successfully serve "breakaway" students first-generation, low-income students who are trying to break away from the past in order to create a more secure future. The gap between low-SES and high-SES students persists as efforts to close it have not met with great success. In this provocative book, Gross offers a new approach to addressing inequities by focusing on students who have succeeded despite struggling with the impacts of poverty and trauma. Gross draws on her experience as a college president to outline practical steps that post-secondary institutions can take to create structures of support and opportunity that build reciprocal trust. Students must trust their institutions and professors, professors must trust their students, and eventually students must learn to trust themselves.
About the Author
Karen Gross has taught and continues to teach across the educational pipeline. In Spring 2016, she taught at Bennington College in Vermont. She writes, consults and advises on how to improve student success. She is the author of a children's book series titled Lady Lucy's Quest (www.ladylucysquest.com). A former college President and Senior Advisor to the US Department of Education, she currently serves as Senior Counsel to Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company and as an Affiliate to the Penn Center for MSIs at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She blogs/writes for many education outlets including Huff Po, WPo, InsideHigherEd, MSI Unplugged, DiverseEducation, Evolllution, NAIS, and CollegeAD.