Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2017 Cristina D. Lee
In this thesis I wanted to apply the Sen’s framework in Development as Freedom to college campuses. In my experience at Claremont McKenna College, I have seen how some students are able to take advantage of the resources better than others. Given that we were all accepted by the same admissions office, I always questioned why did some students know how to take advantage of the system. In order to explore this, I first discuss Sen’s capability approach. Then, I show how the capability approach is more comprehensive than social networking theory and William Deresiewicz’s account on elite colleges. Finally, I will give my own policy recommendations with Sen’s capability approach in mind. A college that better supports individuals is important because it will allow everyone to enhance their capabilities and pursue the life that they have reason to value.
Lee, Cristina, "College as Capability Enhancement" (2017). CMC Senior Theses. 1790.