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“Over the last four decades, Arthur Levine has become the premier analyst of continuities and changes in the American college student population. In this impressive and comprehensive volume, Levine and coauthor Diane Dean provide an authoritative and richly textured picture of the much-discussed current generation.” —Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“Arthur Levine and Diane R. Dean take the long view of today’s generation of college students. This is a brilliant examination of what has shaped our young people, what they are doing with the tools they have, and where they are headed. It is a diagnosis of what ails them, a celebration of their strengths, and a compelling and generous prescription for their future—and ours.” —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

“Through this captivating portrait of the aspirations, values, and unique needs of today’s college students, Levine and Dean’s clearly written and engaging book ought to generate a national discussion of how higher education can be restructured in order to respond to and prepare the next generation of college-educated adults—not only for effective functioning in the workplace, but also to live lives as whole human beings who can help to lead our society to a healthier place.” —Alexander W. Astin and Helen S. Astin, distinguished professors of higher education emeriti, UCLA, and authors, Cultivating the Spirit: How Higher Education can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives

“I can’t say enough about how important this work is. This book is right on the mark for what needs to be known and understood about today’s college students by those who are responsible for educating the future leaders and citizens of the world.” —Gwen Dungy, Executive Director, Emeritus, NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student is a must-read for college presidents, administrators, and professors as well as parents, employers, and government leaders—who all have a stake in student success. Understanding who today’s college students are is essential as we collaboratively develop and deliver the education that will prepare this generation to build our future.” —Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Interesting facts, so-so writing Feb. 13 2013
By CMC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As a disclaimer, I read this book as part of a graduate program I am enrolled in, so I am much closer in age to the generation being spoken about throughout the book than the lead author. I found the data presented within the book very interesting and certainly useful to anyone who is working with current students. However, I would caution people to take any of the interpretations of this data presented within the book with a rather large grain of salt. While I do find some of the author's assessments of the current generation of college students fair based on the data, some of them seem somewhat baseless, or at least to be a bit of a stretch from what the data would explicitly imply. Some sections, particularly those relating to students' technology use and communication skills sound somewhat hostile to those of us who are part of the "digital native" generation. As with any books written about a very large population, please read with the knowledge and understanding that generalizations have to be made (a book that encompasses the many diverse experiences of college students completely accurately would be a nearly impossible task).

Again though, for the informed consumer the data in this book can be quite useful, and this book might be more useful to practitioners/professors who are farther from the generation being highlighted than to those of us who are closer/potentially part of the data set.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Taught me a lot. Feb. 18 2013
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really learned a lot from this book.

It isn't perfect. By necessity it's a bit academic in tone...a challenge to any author citing tons of data. But it's also personable and likable.

I didn't read the reviews before writing this but noted there are a few negative ones. My guess they come down to author bias. Which might be fair. However, the authors built up their biases from over 30 years of studies so, while all readers should obviously decide on their own if they agree with conclusions, I thought the conclusions were fair.

Are the authors tough on the younger generation? Yes, but so what. One of the key points is that parents and schools haven't always been tough enough.

Key reading for anyone who wants to understand the younger generation, the way schools are educating them, where they're taking our future and how the world is evolving as a result.

Great book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Easy read with insightful views Aug. 30 2013
By Terri Marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book as a part of my Masters program for Higher Education in Student Affairs. This book was used in conjunction with "College Students in the United States" by Kristen A. Renn. Generation on a Tightrope reads like a story. It helps paint a picture of the types of students we see today. The book has been revised since it's first publication which to me speaks volumes on how the author tries to stay current with the times. I would recommend this book for anyone in higher education or high school education to help get to know their students.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great data and insights! June 18 2014
By Dad of Divas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While I am not a part of the generation that was being spoken about in the book, I work with this generation on a daily basis as a college administrator. In reading this book I will say that I have seen many parallels with the students I work with and the data that is presented in this book. While there are always some differences in students, I believe that the author brings up many valid points that will impact how I and others who work in higher education.

The book was very practical and useful for any person working with this generation. You do have to take the data at face value and know that everything that is presented is not always going to fit every student, but all-in-all the book helps create an image of students in this generation, what they are dealing with and how best people can support them.

In regards to the data collection, I will say that I felt that the longitudinal nature of the study that he did lend credence to this body of work. I love that the data is a mix of qualitative and quantitative data that covers 30 years. This timespan alone is impressive to say the least!

I found the book to be very interesting and it challenged me to think deeper about how I am working with my students and it will definitely do the same for you too!

*I received this for review - all opinions are my own*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Is there a generation gap Jan. 26 2014
By Social Scientist Consumer Victim - Published on Amazon.com
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Why did the occupy fail? Why has the prospect of never achieving their parent’s standard of living? universities which sacrifice their student’s engagement and creativity for research grants? growing class size? a majority of the faculty being adjuncts?, debt that will burden graduates for much of their adult life? and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan not generating mass students and countercultures comparable to the ones their parents and maybe grandparents joined during the War in Vietnam? This book examines the attitudes of today’s students, their hopes and expectations. Often, they feel they will do well personally but despair over the prospects for the country and the world they are likely to inherent. They realize they are growing up in a time of possibly irreversible economic and environmental decline, but are more like to respond individually rather than in a mass movement. The authors believe today’s students live during the emergence of a new world as different from the industrial age as it was from the agricultural one, out of which it evolved. Because no one knows exactly how the new era will look, today’s youth are not sure of how to appropriately react. The book is written more from the point of view of college administrators, teachers and parents than students, but since the students are the ones who are going to live in this world and they are the ones who must adapt, perhaps it should have more directed more towards them. Otherwise, a very good book.


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