Higher Education Policy

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 7–30 | Cite as

Feeding the Elite: The Evolution of Elite Pathways from Star High Schools to Elite Universities

  • Gerald K LeTendre
  • Roger Geertz Gonzalez
  • Takako Nomi


During the last 50 years, private ‘feeder’ schools in Japan came to dominate entry into elite colleges. Intense organizational competition shaped the organizational environment and changed the pathways available to social elites. Compared to Japan, elite private feeders in the US have failed to dominate pathways into elite colleges.


feeder schools elite access higher education USA Japan 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald K LeTendre
    • 1
  • Roger Geertz Gonzalez
    • 2
  • Takako Nomi
    • 3
  1. 1.Education Policy Studies DepartmentEducational Theory and Policy Program, Penn State University, University ParkUSA
  2. 2.Florida International UniversityFloridaUSA
  3. 3.Penn State UniversityUSA

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