American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: Social, Political, and Economic Challenges / Edition 2

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This new edition of American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century explores current issues of central importance to the academy: leadership, accountability, access, finance, technology, academic freedom, the canon, governance, and race. Chapters also deal with key constituencies—students and faculty—in the context of a changing academic environment.

While the contributors agree with critics who argue for ongoing reassessment of public institutions, they provide a more balanced perspective. They take issue with the "crisis" culture that has emerged among critics of current higher education practices, pointing out that higher education has faced challenges through its history.

By illuminating the complex interplay between institutions and external forces, the book provides a key to guide the endeavors of faculty, students, and administrative leaders. Fully revised and updated, the second edition includes a new chapter on higher education markets. Contributors include Philip G. Altbach, Michael J. Bastedo, Robert O. Berdahl, Robert Birnbaum, Mitchell J. Chang, Marc Chun, Melanie E. Corrigan, Eric L. Dey, Judith S. Eaton, Peter D. Eckel, Roger L. Geiger, Lawrence E. Gladieux, Patricia J. Gumport, Fred. F. Harcleroad, Sylvia Hurtado, D. Bruce Johnstone, Jacqueline E. King, Kofi Lomotey, Aims C. McGuinness Jr., Michael A. Olivas, Robert M. O'Neil, Gary Rhoades, Frank A. Schmidtlein, Sheila Slaughter, and Ami Zusman.

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Editorial Reviews

Higher Education Policy

Comprehensive and informative to both academic and non-academic readers.

— Elise Langan

Review of Higher Education

Part history, part assessment of current issues, and past prognostication of our professional future, American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century is an excellent primer, easily accessible for graduate students, legislators and/or their aides, and institutional administrators.

— Patrick Dilley

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: 9780801880353
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2005
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 568

Meet the Author

Philip G. Altbach is J. Donald Monan, SJ, Professor of Higher Education and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. Robert O. Berdahl is professor emeritus of higher education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Patricia J. Gumport is a professor at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the contexts of American higher education 1
Ch. 1 Patterns in higher education development 15
Ch. 2 The ten generations of American higher education 38
Ch. 3 Autonomy and accountability : who controls academe? 71
Ch. 4 Academic freedom : past, present, and future beyond September 11 91
Ch. 5 Challenges facing higher education in the twenty-first century 115
Ch. 6 The federal government and higher education 163
Ch. 7 The states and higher education 198
Ch. 8 The legal environment : the implementation of legal change on campus 226
Ch. 9 The hidden hand : external constituencies and their impact 253
Ch. 10 Harsh realities : the professoriate faces a new century 287
Ch. 11 College students in changing contexts 315
Ch. 12 The dilemma of presidential leadership 340
Ch. 13 Financing higher education : who should pay? 369
Ch. 14 Technology and higher education : opportunities and challenges for the new era 393
Ch. 15 Graduate education and research : interdependence and strain 425
Ch. 16 Curriculum in higher education : the historical roots of contemporary issues 462
Ch. 17 Markets in higher education : students in the seventies, patents in the eighties, copyrights in the nineties 486
Ch. 18 Race in higher education : making meaning of an elusive moving target 517
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