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All the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education
     

All the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education

by George Dennis O'Brien
 

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

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In this refreshing and original exploration, George Dennis O'Brien looks at higher education in America and argues that to debate its future intelligently we must stop focusing on ideals and look instead at institutions. O'Brien does this by addressing nine half-truths, such as "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.

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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:
9780226616575
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/15/2000
Series:
Education Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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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