All the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education

All the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education

by George Dennis O'Brien
     
 

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In this refreshing and original exploration, George Dennis O'Brien looks at higher education in America. O'Brien argues that to debate intelligently the future of education we must stop focusing on its ideals and look instead at its institutions. He does this by addressing nine half-truths, such as whether "low cost public education benefits the least advantaged in…  See more details below

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In this refreshing and original exploration, George Dennis O'Brien looks at higher education in America. O'Brien argues that to debate intelligently the future of education we must stop focusing on its ideals and look instead at its institutions. He does this by addressing nine half-truths, such as whether "low cost public education benefits the least advantaged in society," and goes on to examine how accurately they reflect the true state of higher education. The result is a thought-provoking discussion of the present challenges and future prospects of American higher education.

"O'Brien's historical overview of the transition from 19th-century denominational colleges to 20th-century research-driven and largely secular ones is provocative. Cleverly written and well-focused, the book addresses the financial pressures facing higher education and asks vital questions about cutbacks and curricula."—Publishers Weekly

"Lively, engaging, and richly suggestive." —Francis Oakley, Commonweal
"O'Brien employs calm, powerful reason, without sensationalism. His perspective is illuminating. . . . All the Essential Half-Truths About Higher Education is one of the wisest and most useful treatments of American higher education." —John Attarian, Detroit News

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
O'Brien discusses how whole truths gradually become half-truths within an institutional environment, and he offers suggestions for rectifying the situation. His ultimate goal is to make readers think about who will decide the future of higher education, and what principles will govern their deciscions.
Booknews
Arguing that in order to debate intelligently about the future of education, the focus must shift from its ideals to its institutions, the author shows how remnants of the administration-led, religious or denominational college clash with the scientific assumptions of the modern faculty-dominated research university. In each chapter, he addresses one of nine half-truths, such as whether low-cost public education benefits the least advantaged in society. His proposals for improvements include changing the nature of tenure, rethinking the logic of financial aid, and developing distinctive institutional Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226616582
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
266
File size:
319 KB

Meet the Author

George Dennis O'Brien was president of Bucknell University and subsequently the University of Rochester until his retirement in 1994. He is the author of Hegel on Reason and History, God and the New Haven Railroad, and What to Expect from College.

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