In Defense of American Higher Education / Edition 1

In Defense of American Higher Education / Edition 1

by Philip G. Altbach
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801866553

ISBN-13: 9780801866555

Pub. Date: 07/23/2001

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801866555
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/23/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
869,892
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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