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Trust Networks: A New Perspective on Pedigree and the Ambiguities of Admissions - Dr. Julie Posselt

Wednesday, October 18, 2017,
  • Location: Mayborn Building • 130 Magnolia Cir • Nashville, TN 37212
  • Room: 204

Dr. Julie Posselt, USC Rossier School of Education

Attending a selective college or university is one of the three strongest predictors of admission to graduate programs; however, access to these institutions is stratified by race, socioeconomic status, and gender. Broadening participation in graduate education and the professoriate requires a critical look at default judgments of college quality, which starts with understanding how judgments of pedigree are currently formed. In this talk, based on a paper in press with Review of Higher Education, Posselt will 1) discuss trust as a mechanism of social judgment, 2) propose individual and institutionalized trust networks as a framework for understanding preference for elite pedigrees, and 3) present evidence from qualitative research that trust networks enable faculty to invest in the future of PhD applicants whose relative merits are difficult to determine. She will close by highlighting selected efforts to broaden the trust networks affecting access to graduate education and the professoriate.

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