Higher Education for the Public Good: Emergin Voices from a National Movement / Edition 1

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Higher education creates a better society not only by preparing individuals for economic and civic life, but also by protecting values fundamental to a changing democracy. At the very heart of the enterprise is an important but elusive principle that higher education exists to serve a larger sense of the "public good." How then, can we stem the recent erosion of this cherished ideal and maintain the United States' status as the premiere system of higher education in the world?

This important book explores the various ways that higher education contributes to the realization of significant public ends and examines how leaders can promote and enhance their contribution to the social charter through new policies and best practices. It also shows how other sectors of society, government agencies, foundations, and individuals can partner with institutions of higher education to promote the public good. Higher Education for the Public Good includes contributions from leaders in the field—many of whom participated in dialogues hosted by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good. These leaders are responsible for creating successful strategies, programs, and efforts that foster the public's role in higher education. Higher Education for the Public Good covers a broad range of topics and includes

  • A description of the significance of the social charter between higher education and society and how it has evolve
  • Information about three sustained ideals—civic education, public service, and partnerships and collaboration—that can be combined to create a powerful national movement
  • Ideas for fostering communication related to public needs and conducting dialogues within a community, state, and region
  • An examination of how academic disciplines can support and embrace a vision of the public good
  • A review of four strategies for institutionalizing a commitment to the public good
  • Suggestions for individuals to foster leadership within their institutions

This comprehensive resource offers information and inspiration for all those concerned with advancing higher education's civic role in the United States and beyond.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"One cannot help but develop some of the authors' optimism after reading this book." (Journal of Higher Education, Spring 2006)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787973827
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education S
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrianna J. Kezar is associate professor at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Understanding and Facilitating Change in the 21st Century from Jossey-Bass.

Tony C. Chambers is senior fellow at the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good and faculty in the Program on American Cultures at the University of Michigan.

John C. Burkhardt is professor of higher and postsecondary education at the University of Michigan and is director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good.

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Table of Contents


About the Authors.

Part One: Exploring the Public Good.

1. The Special Role of Higher Education in Society: As a Public Good for the Public Good (Tony C. Chambers).

2. Challenges for Higher Education in Serving the Public Good (Adrianna J. Kezar).

3. Creating a Metamovement: A Vision Toward Regaining the Public Social Charter (Adrianna J. Kezar).

Part Two: Public Policy and the Public Good.

4. State Governance and the Public Good (David Longanecker).

5. Listening to the Public: A New Agenda for Higher Education? (David Mathews).

6. Trusteeship and the Public Good (Richard Novak, Susan Whealler Johnston).

7. The Public Good and a Racially Diverse Democracy (Denise O’Neil Green, William T. Trent).

Part Three: Cross-Sector Issues and the Public Good.

8. Liberal Education and the Civic Engagement Gap (Carol Geary Schneider).

9. The Disciplines and the Public Good (Edward Zlotkowski).

10. Scholarship for the Public Good: Living in Pasteur’s Quadrant (Judith A. Ramaley).

Part Four: Institutional Governance and Leadership for the Public Good.

11. Integrating a Commitment to the Public Good into the Institutional Fabric (Lee Benson, Ira Harkavy, Matthew Hartley).

12. Rethinking Faculty Roles and Rewards for the Public Good (Kelly Ward).

13. Institutional Differences in Pursuing the Public Good (Barbara A. Holland).

Part Five: Individual Leadership for the Public Good.

14. Leading the Engaged Institution (James C. Votruba).

15. Preparing Doctoral Students for Faculty Careers That Contribute to the Public Good (Ann Austin, Benita J. Barnes).

16. Let Us Speak: Including Students’ Voices in the Public Good of Higher Education (Stephen John Quaye).

17. Presidential Leadership for the Public Good (Martha W. Gilliland).

Part Six: Concluding Thoughts on the Public Good.

18. Creating Dialogue: A New Charter and Vision of the Public Good (Adrianna J. Kezar).

19. Pondering the Social Charter: Critical Reflection for Leaders (Tony C. Chambers).

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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