College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be (New in Paperback)

College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be (New in Paperback)

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by Andrew Delbanco
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691158290

ISBN-13: 9780691158297

Pub. Date: 04/21/2013

Publisher: Princeton University Press

As the commercialization of American higher education accelerates, more and more students are coming to college with the narrow aim of obtaining a preprofessional credential. The traditional four-year college experience—an exploratory time for students to discover their passions and test ideas and values with the help of teachers and peers—is in danger of

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As the commercialization of American higher education accelerates, more and more students are coming to college with the narrow aim of obtaining a preprofessional credential. The traditional four-year college experience—an exploratory time for students to discover their passions and test ideas and values with the help of teachers and peers—is in danger of becoming a thing of the past.

In College, prominent cultural critic Andrew Delbanco offers a trenchant defense of such an education, and warns that it is becoming a privilege reserved for the relatively rich. In arguing for what a true college education should be, he demonstrates why making it available to as many young people as possible remains central to America's democratic promise.

In a brisk and vivid historical narrative, Delbanco explains how the idea of college arose in the colonial period from the Puritan idea of the gathered church, how it struggled to survive in the nineteenth century in the shadow of the new research universities, and how, in the twentieth century, it slowly opened its doors to women, minorities, and students from low-income families. He describes the unique strengths of America's colleges in our era of globalization and, while recognizing the growing centrality of science, technology, and vocational subjects in the curriculum, he mounts a vigorous defense of a broadly humanistic education for all. Acknowledging the serious financial, intellectual, and ethical challenges that all colleges face today, Delbanco considers what is at stake in the urgent effort to protect these venerable institutions for future generations.

In a new preface, Delbanco addresses recent events that threaten the future of the institution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691158297
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/21/2013
Edition description:
With a New preface by the author
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition xi

Preface xvii

Introduction 1

One What Is College For? 9

Two Origins 36

Three From College to University 67

Four Who Went? Who Goes? Who Pays? 102

Five Brave New World 125

Six What Is to Be Done? 150

Acknowledgments 179

Notes 183

Index 215

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Mr. Delbanco did a great job with this, but I felt he could have done better. I'd expound on my review a bit, but I doubt people read these anyway.
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This new book is a definite must-read for anyone concerned about the state and health of our private and public colleges/universities. The value of a college education is still necessary, as is the growth process afforded students who physically attend these institutions. Written in a no-nonsense fashion, this book is applicable for students approaching college age; parents; higher education professors, instructors, and administrations; and anyone interested in and concerned about college.
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This up to date book is hands down the most honest and objective view on college that I've ever read. It's the exact opposite of any Princeton Review that must students and families oddly aw at; Delbanco's approach in this book is simple. Unlike the rankings or reviews of thousands of colleges, he organizes the book, not in lists, but in concepts of the past, present and future of college education. Perfect for families that are looking for a more personalized touch on what their son / daughter is about to get themselves into for the next four years. If you have a question about college, Delbanco skillfully breaks it down to give you answers.
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