In Defense of American Higher Education / Edition 1

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Overview

The current era in higher education is characterized by increased need for accountability and fiscal constraint coupled with demands for increased productivity. Higher education is expected to meet the demand of changing student demographics, as well as requests for research and service from government and industry. To preserve the academy's ability to meet these demands, the editors and contributors to this volume argue that, while change is inevitable and desirable, any radical alterations to the practices that have established and upheld the excellence of higher education in the United States must be carefully considered.The editors and contributors cherish the best ideals of higher education: academic freedom, commitment to both inquiry and teaching, and preservation of an independence of mind and spirit in the face of external pressures. At the same time, the authors of these essays also reflect upon the failings of higher education, including problematic historical legacies such as racism, sexism, and anti-semitism. In Defense of American Higher Education is a careful analysis of what we have inherited, undertaken with a critical eye for constructive reform. It will be of interest to anyone concerned about the future of American higher education.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Higher Education Policy - Elise Langan

Comprehensive and informative to both academic and non-academic readers.

University Business

Belongs on any academic bookshelf that seeks to balance the wave of criticism now so prevalent in the field.

Peabody Journal of Education
A confident overview of the current condition of today's universities. Researchers, policymakers, and graduate students will appreciate the opportunity to react to some of the best minds in the field of higher education as they examine the state of the American university and predict its future direction.

— Brandyn Payne

Teachers College Record
The contributions are informative and gather together scholars and evidence from many areas.

— Leonard L. Baird

Higher Education Policy
Comprehensive and informative to both academic and non-academic readers.

— Elise Langan

Peabody Journal of Education - Brandyn Payne

A confident overview of the current condition of today's universities. Researchers, policymakers, and graduate students will appreciate the opportunity to react to some of the best minds in the field of higher education as they examine the state of the American university and predict its future direction.

Planning for Higher Education - Matthew Miller

The value of this thoughtful collection of essays is more in its enduring than its timely concerns. The legacy of American higher education, we are reminded, is one of resilience, promise, and, to be sure, excellence despite the many challenges it faces in the near and longer terms.

Teachers College Record - Leonard L. Baird

The contributions are informative and gather together scholars and evidence from many areas.

Martin Meyerson
This is a splendid book that will give readers a panoramic overview of university affairs, among the most important aspects of the American political economy, and its social system and the visions for it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801866555
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip G. Altbach is Monan Professor of Higher Education and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. Patricia J. Gumport is an associate professor of Higher Education and director of the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement at Stanford University. D. Bruce Johnstone is a university professor at State University of New York, Buffalo.

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Table of Contents

Contents:



Introduction

Part One - The University in SocietyChapter 1: The American Academic Model in Comparative Perspective - Philip G. Altbach

Chapter Two: Higher Education as a Mature Industry - Arthur Levine

Chapter Three: The "Crisis" Crisis in Higher Education: Is that a Wolf or a Pussycat at the Academy's Door? - Robert Birnbaum and Frank Shushok Jr.

Chapter Four: Built to Serve: The Enduring Legacy of Public Higher Education - Patricia J. Gumport

Chapter 5: The Mass Higher Education to Universal Access: The American Advantage - Martin Trow

Chapter 6: Higher Education and Those "Out of Control Costs" - D. Bruce Johnstone



Part Two - Within the Academy

Chapter 7: The Liberal Arts and the Role of Elite Higher Education - Nannerl O. Keohane

Chapter 8: The Technological Revolution: Reflections on the Proper Role of Technology in Higher Education - Jack M. Wilson

Chapter 9: Academic Change and Presidential Leadership - Richard M. Freeland

Chapter 10: Graduate Education and Research - Jules B. Lapidus

Chapter 11: College Students Today: Why We Can't Leave Serendipity To Chance - George D. Kuh

Chapter 12: Governance: The Remarkable Ambiguity - George Keller

Chapter 13: Understanding the American Academic Profession - Martin J. Finkelstein



List of Contributors

Index

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