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5). Such a tradition may be instructive as universities work to restore their civic mission in a way that supports the public good. The concept of social capital as defined by Putnam is mentioned in many of the Public Good conceptualizations. Putnam (1995) states, by analogy with notions of physical capital and human capital—tools and training that enhance individual productivity—social capital refers to features of social organization such as networks, norms, and social trust that facilitate coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit.

The institutional database included 1,129 white students, 187 African American Students, and 266 Asian American students. The national database (Cooperative Institutional Research Program) included 10,465 white students, 216 African American students, 496 Asian American students, and 206 Latino/a students. Students were surveyed the first year and again four years later. The study controlled for ethnic/racial composition of the high school and precollege neighborhood, gender, high school GPA, SAT, parents’ educational attainment as a measure of the student’s socioeconomic background (SES), and institutional features.

Financial access is the ability to afford initial and continuous enrollment; it can be influenced by governmental and institutional aid subsidies, college costs, and family incomes and savings. (Italics in original, p. 153) By addressing both academic and financial access, St. John reconceptualizes educational access through a frame of social justice that directly addresses historical and contemporary issues of racism, sexism, and classism. In Education and the Public Interest: School Reform, Public Finance, and Access to Higher Education, St.

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