The Future of Higher Educationby Dan Clawson, Max Page
Pub. Date: 12/06/2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Higher education is more important than ever, for individual success and for national economic growth. And yet higher education in the United States is in crisis: public funding has been in free fall; tuition has skyrocketed making colleges and universities less accessible; basic structures such as tenure are under assault. The Future of Higher Education
Higher education is more important than ever, for individual success and for national economic growth. And yet higher education in the United States is in crisis: public funding has been in free fall; tuition has skyrocketed making colleges and universities less accessible; basic structures such as tenure are under assault. The Future of Higher Education analyzes the crisis in higher education, describing how a dominant neo-liberal political ideology has significantly changed the U.S. system of higher education. The book examines the contemporary landscape of higher education institutions and asks and answers these questions: Who is able to attend college? Who pays for our system of higher education? Who works at and who governs colleges and universities? The book concludes with a plan for radically revitalizing higher education in the United States.
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Table of Contents1. Introduction 2. The Lay of the Land 3. Who Governs the University? 4. Who Pays? 5. Who Goes? 6. Who Works? 7. Choosing a Future
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I am a community college science instructor and, after reading the synopsis, decided to read this for a professional development project. I have never seen a better example of biased writing in a work that is supposed to be a teaching text. The authors thank "the members of PHENOM" in the forward, but don't bother to disclose that this is a lobbying group closely associated with the union that both authors led as president. The gist? "Free college" for "everyone" should be an entitlement and if you just raise enough taxes on people with yearly incomes of $100,000, it can be done! And faculty need to run things. And if it's business, it must be evil and exploitive. I actually bought this from another source when I read on PHENOM's website that PHENOM gets a donation if you buy through BN or Amazon. Clawson teaches sociology and Page teaches architecture at UMass. Maybe between political rallies. If these guys are the future of higher ed..........