A History of American Higher Education

A History of American Higher Education

by John R. Thelin
     
 

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Colleges and universities are among the most cherished—and controversial—institutions in the United States. In this updated edition of A History of American Higher Education, John R. Thelin offers welcome perspective on the triumphs and crises of this highly influential sector in American life.

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Overview

Colleges and universities are among the most cherished—and controversial—institutions in the United States. In this updated edition of A History of American Higher Education, John R. Thelin offers welcome perspective on the triumphs and crises of this highly influential sector in American life.

Thelin’s work has distinguished itself as the most wide-ranging and engaging account of the origins and evolution of America's institutions of higher learning. This edition brings the discussion of perennial hot-button issues such as big-time sports programs up to date and addresses such current areas of contention as the changing role of governing boards and the financial challenges posed by the economic downturn.

Editorial Reviews

History of Education Quarterly

Despite its age, Rudolph's single-volume history has endured... Now John Thelin's A History of American Higher Education provides a worthy replacement.

— Jana Nidiffer

Lexington Herald-Leader

Apart from being first-rate historical interpretation, Thelin's book offers several advantages that should make it attractive to the general reader as well as the scholar... His writing is brisk, concise, and humorous... Part public policy analyst and part social historian, Mr. Thelin weaves a tight narrative that keeps moving. He gives you the view from the administrative building, and he also tells you, often with accompanying photos, what students were like.

— Art Jester

Teachers College Record

A readable and concise introduction to this subject, it propels audience members to develop an appreciation for the heterogeneous... academe story as a whole.

NACADA

This book was extremely well written and meticulously documented.

Choice

Thelin offers an historical analysis of contemporary trends and issues in higher education today, e.g., access, affordability, accountability, and assessment. How colleges addressed those issues within different periods of time and societal contexts makes for a more enlightened image of higher education in the US as it exists today.

Faciities Manager

Well written and engaging... retains the reader's attention... Thelin has raised the bar for historians of higher education to clear.

— Theodore J. Weidner

Education Review

Worthy of being the major new overview of U.S. higher education.

Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Fills a real need in the scholarship... Accessible and informative, providing a reasonable foundation on which to build a rich understanding of the development of American higher education.

— Julie A. Reuben

Journal of College Student Development

Destined to be the standard work in this area for years to come.

Historical Studies in Education - Elea U. Herrera

A History of American Higher Education is a 'must read' for any scholar either teaching or taking a course in educational history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421404998
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/23/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
504
Sales rank:
240,144
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Thomas G. Dyer

This is a splendid book, by far the best to appear on the subject since the 1962 publication of Frederick Rudolph's The American College and University: A History. John Thelin's work will supplant Rudolph's as the dominant overview of the history of American higher education. Comprehensive but not encyclopedic, Thelin's account is interspersed with lively anecdotes and a creative emphasis on cultural history that will keep the attention of readers. It is a tour de force.

Thomas G. Dyer, University of Georgia

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