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In both France and the United States, there is a strong correlation between the socioeconomic status of parents and the educational achievement of their children. What are the roles of the political and educational systems with respect to this correlation? How might educators, parents, students, and policymakers answer the question differently? Who should be held accountable and how? There have been major policy initiatives, as well as vigorous empirical and theoretical debate in both countries surrounding those questions and the problems they pose for nations founded on principles of equality. What can France and the U.S. learn from one another when it comes to education, access, and accountability? These are among the key questions addressed in this symposium by expert speakers from France and the United States.

Christian Baudelot

Paul Umbach


8:30 am – Coffee

9:00 amNew Challenges in Access to French Higher Education

  • Christian Baudelot (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris)
Discussant: Patricia Little (St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University)

Chair: Alec G. Hargreaves (Winthrop-King Institute, FSU)

10:15 am – Coffee

10:45 amSocial Class and Access to American Higher Education

  • Paul D. Umbach (Indiana University)
Discussant: Nate Johnson (Florida Department of Education)

Chair: Carolyn Herrington (Department of Educational Leadership, FSU)

12:00 pm – Close of symposium and Lunch

The symposium, including lunch, is open to the public free of charge. For planning purposes, please notify the Winthrop-King Institute in advance if you plan to attend:

For more information contact:
Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1540. Telephone 850.644.7636 Fax 850.644.9917 E-mail Website 

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