Higher Education in Transition: The Challenges of the New Millennium

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This book explores the state of higher education at century's end and the challenges awaiting it in the next millennium. It assesses changes in the student population, the role of faculty, spending patterns, government support, the role of intercollegiate athletics, the nature of presidential leadership, and the impact of technological change. This volume is a call to educators, parents, and taxpayers alike to enter into a dialogue about the future directions of higher education...

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Overview

This book explores the state of higher education at century's end and the challenges awaiting it in the next millennium. It assesses changes in the student population, the role of faculty, spending patterns, government support, the role of intercollegiate athletics, the nature of presidential leadership, and the impact of technological change. This volume is a call to educators, parents, and taxpayers alike to enter into a dialogue about the future directions of higher education that they are willing to support.

Because in the last few decades higher education has attempted to extend both its reach and scope despite the finite nature of resources at its disposal, the new millennium will mark a time when colleges and universities must clearly delimit and prioritize their goals. This volume is a call to educators, parents, and taxpayers alike to enter into a dialogue about the future directions of higher education that they are willing to support.

The role of higher education in a high-tech, interdependent world economy has never been more important than it is today. Yet, never before has its future been so cloudy. Changes in the nature of the student population, tuition increases that consistently outpace the cost of living, increasing conflict between faculty and administration personnel, attacks on tenure, the professionalization of collegiate sports, and political attacks and threats to state funding are all transforming an institution in ways that are, as yet, uncertain at best. This volume reviews the source and impact of change on today's colleges and universities. Leading scholars contribute chapters on specific aspects of collegiate life and the way internal and external forces are changing the scope and function of higher education.

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Instructors of other subjects as well as education scholars do not rehearse the profound changes in US higher education over the 20th century but rather provide a snapshot of its current state and the challenges it faces in the new millennium. They cover the college student, the role of faculty, spending priorities, community, state perspectives, the professionalization of sports, administration, desegregation and diversity, and technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897896375
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH LOSCO is Professor of Political Science at Ball State University.

BRIAN L. FIFE is Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The American College Student: Three Decades of Change by Alexander W. Astin

The Changing Role of Faculty by Gary Rhoades

Higher Education Spending: Assessing Policy Priorities by Joseph Losco and Brian L. Fife

The Higher Education Policy Arena: The Rise and Fall of a Community Foundations of Power by Michael D. Parsons

Past and Future Pressures and Issues of Higher Education: State Perspectives by Cheryl D. Lovell

The Professionalization of College Sports by Richard G. Sheehan

Administering the Modern University by Richard L. Pattenaude

Desegregation and Diversity in Higher Education by Reginald Wilson

Technology in Higher Education: Issues for the New Millennium by Karen Hardy Cardenas

Index

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