Diversification and inequality in higher education: A comparison of Israel and the United States

Hanna Ayalon*, Eric Grodsky, Adam Gamoran, Abraham Yogev

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This article explores how the structure of higher education in the United States and Israel mediates the relationship among race/ethnicity, social origins, and postsecondary outcomes. On the basis of differences in how the two systems of higher education have developed, the authors anticipated that inequality in college attendance will be greater in Israel, while inequality in the type of college or university one attends will be greater in the United States. They found that students in the United States are more likely to attend college than are their Israeli counterparts. Contrary to their expectations, however, inequality in the chances of attendance is similar across these nations, if not slightly greater in the United States. Inequality in the types of institutions that students attend appears greater in the United States, but the contours of ethnic inequality in college destinations are markedly different across these two contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-241
Number of pages31
JournalSociology of Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2008


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