It happened I was finishing this book review at the same time as the obituary for William G. Bowen appeared in the New York Times. Bowen, described as a ‘Princeton educator who championed poor and minority students’, was an economist by trade, a former Provost and President at Princeton, and someone who acted in as well as advocated for the interests of poor and minority students in higher education (Roberts 2016). But with Coffin and Donohue’s book forefront in my mind, I fixated on the fact that minority students at highly selective US institutions outperform their peers at those that are less selective. With universities facing continuing pressure—at least in England—to expand participation in higher education but provided with increasingly less support to meet the challenge, questions regarding students’ achievement abound. A Language as Social Semiotic-based Approach to Teaching and Learning in Higher...

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