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A powerful look at the risks inherent in the trend toward makinghigher education a market rather than a regulated public sector,The Future of Higher Education reveals the findings of an extensivefour-year investigation into the major forces that are transformingour American system of higher education. The book explores thechallenges of intensified competition among institutions,globalization of colleges and universities, the expansion of thenew for-profit and virtual institutions, and the influence oftechnology on learning. This important resource offers college anduniversity leaders and policy makers an analysis of the impact ofthese forces of change and includes suggestions for creating aneffective higher education market as well as a call for a renewedfocus on the public purposes of higher education.
Using the information provided in this vital book, leaders canseize the opportunity to meet today’s daunting challenges andexpand access to education, improve academic achievement, andadvance student learning. By working toward these goals, academicleaders and policy makers can go a long way toward rebuilding thehistoric compact between higher education and society.
1. Higher Education in the Grip of Transforming Change.
2. The New Competition.
3. The Coming of the Market.
4. The Growing Gap Between Public Needs and the Reality ofHigher Education.
5. The Public, Political Leaders, and the Academy View HigherEducation.
6. Creating a Thoughtful Market.
7. Autonomy, Accountability, and the New Compact.
8. Who Is Responsible for Student Learning?
9. Expanding Access and Success.
10. Competitive Grants for Teaching and InstitutionalService.
11. College and University Strategies for the New Era.
12. A Decade of Opportunity.