American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: Social, Political, and Economic Challenges / Edition 3

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First published in 1998, American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century offers a comprehensive entree to the central issues facing American colleges and universities today. This thoroughly revised edition brings the volume up to date on key topics of enduring interest.

Placing higher education within its social and political contexts, leading scholars discuss finance, federal and state governance, faculty, students, curriculum, and academic leadership. Contributors also address major changes in higher education, especially the influence and incorporation of the latest technologies and growing concern about the future of the academy in a post–Iraq War setting.

No other book covers such wide-ranging issues under the broader theme of higher education’s relationship to society. Highly acclaimed and incorporating cutting-edge research, American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century remains the standard reference in the field.

Contributors: Philip G. Altbach, Benjamin Baez, Michael N. Bastedo, Robert O. Berdahl, Marjorie A. E. Cook, Melanie E. Corrigan, Judith S. Eaton, Peter D. Eckel, Gustavo Fischman, Roger L. Geiger, Lawrence E. Gladieux, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Patricia J. Gumport, Fred F. Harcleroad, D. Bruce Johnstone, Adrianna Kezar, Jacqueline E. King, Aims C. McGuinness Jr., Amy Scott Metcalfe, Michael Mumper, Michael A. Olivas, Robert M. O'Neil, Gary Rhoades, Frank A. Schmidtlein, Sheila Slaughter, Daryl G. Smith, John Willinsky

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews
Extensive, thorough, and authoritative.

— Michael Marien

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
This excellent compendium is an indispensable reference... An impressive volume that those concerned with the future of American colleges and universities should acquire.

— David J. Edelman - Michael Marien

Extensive, thorough, and authoritative.

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement - David J. Edelman

This excellent compendium is an indispensable reference... An impressive volume that those concerned with the future of American colleges and universities should acquire.

Comprises 17 contributions that analyze the central issues facing American colleges and universities, focusing on the complex relationships between higher education and the social and political forces that affect higher education. Specific topics include academic freedom, the states and higher education, the dilemma of presidential leadership, financing higher education, and the multicultural revolution and traditionalist revolt. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801899065
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/5/2011
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 321,953
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip G. Altbach is the Monan Professor of Higher Education and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. He is coeditor of World Class Worldwide: Transforming Research Universities in Asia and Latin America, also published by Johns Hopkins. Patricia J. Gumport is vice provost for graduate education and a professor of education at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Institute for Higher Education. She is editor of Sociology of Higher Education: Contributions and Their Contexts, also published by Johns Hopkins. Robert O. Berdahl is professor emeritus of higher education at the University of Maryland and author of British Universities and the State and Statewide Coordination of Higher Education.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Contexts of American Higher Education Robert O. Berdahl Philip G. Altbach Patricia J. Gumport 1

Part I The Setting

1 Patterns of Higher Education Development Philip G. Altbach 15

2 The Ten Generations of American Higher Education Roger L. Geiger 37

3 Autonomy and Accountability: Who Controls Academe? Frank A. Schmidtlein Robert O. Berdahl 69

4 Academic Freedom: Past, Present, and Future Robert M. O'Neil 88

Part II External Forces

5 The Federal Government and Higher Education Michael Mumper Lawrence E. Gladieux Jacqueline E. King Melanie E. Corrigan 113

6 The States and Higher Education Aims C. McGuinness, Jr. 139

7 The Legal Environment: The Implementation of Legal Change on Campus Michael A. Olivas Benjamin Baez 170

8 The Hidden Hand: External Constituencies and Their Impact Fred F. Harcleroad Judith S. Eaton 195

Part III The Academic Community

9 Harsh Realities: The Professoriate in the Twenty-First Century Philip G. Altbach 227

10 College Students in Changing Contexts Sara Goldrick-Rab Marjorie A. E. Cook 254

11 Presidents Leading: The Dynamics and Complexities of Campus Leadership Peter D. Eckel Adrianna Kezar 279

Part IV Central Issues for the Twenty-First Century

12 Financing Higher Education: Who Should Pay? D. Bruce Johnstone 315

13 The Digital Technologies of Learning and Research John Willinsky Gustavo Fischman Amy Scott Metcalfe 341

14 Graduate Education and Research: Interdependence and Strain Patricia J. Gumport 365

15 Curriculum in Higher Education: The Organizational Dynamics of Academic Reform Michael N. Bastedo 409

16 Markets in Higher Education: Trends in Academic Capitalism Sheila Slaughter Gary Rhoades 433

17 The Diversity Imperative: Moving to the Next Generation Daryl G. Smith 465

Contributors 491

Index 497

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