Introduction to American Higher Education

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Written primarily for students in higher education and student affairs graduate programs, Introduction to American Higher Education is a groundbreaking textbook that combines classic scholarship pertaining to colleges and universities with the most cutting-edge perspectives in the field. 

The book is divided into five sections and contains 25 essential readings on the following topics:

  • Faculty
  • Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
  • College Students
  • Organizations, Leadership and Governance
  • Higher Education Policy

Each section includes chapters on community colleges and four-year institutions, as well as a substantive overview written by an expert scholar in the field: Ann E. Austin, Clifton F. Conrad, Laura I. Rendόn, Adrianna J. Kezar, and Edward P. St. John. This impressive volume ensures that faculty members will no longer have to compile their own collections of articles and chapters for use in introductory courses—Introduction to American Higher Education brings together the best scholarship in one comprehensive text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415803267
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 278,483
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Shaun R. Harper is Associate Professor of Higher Education, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jerlando F. L. Jackson is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also serves as Director of the Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei Lab).

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Table of Contents


Prologue, John R. Thelin

About the Editors and Section Editors

Advisory Groups

Faculty, Ann E. Austin, Section Editor

1. The American Faculty in Perspective, Jack H. Schuster and Martin J. Finkelstein

2. Small Worlds, Different Worlds: The Uniquenesses and Troubles of American Academic Professions, Burton R. Clark

3. The Extent and Nature of Scholarly Activities among Community College Faculty, Barbara K. Townsend and Vicki J. Rosser

4. Faculty of Color in Academe: What 20 Years of Literature Tells Us, Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, Juan Carlos González, and J. Luke Wood

5. The Changing Context for Faculty Work and Workplaces, Judith M. Gappa, Ann E. Austin, and Andrea G. Trice

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Clifton F. Conrad, Section Editor

6. External Influences on Curriculum: Sociocultural Context, Lisa R. Lattuca and Joan S. Stark

7. The Rise of the ‘Practical Arts, Steven Brint

8. The Canon Debate, Knowledge Construction, and Multicultural Education, James A. Banks

9. The Learning College: Creating a New Architecture for Community Colleges, Terry O’Banion

10. Teaching-for-Learning (TFL): A Model for Faculty to Advance Student Learning, Clifton F. Conrad, Jason Johnson, and Divya Malik Gupta

Students, Laura I. Rendón, Section Editor

11. What Educators and Administrators Need to Know about College Student Engagement, George D. Kuh

12. Looking in the Rearview Mirror: Factors Affecting Transfer for Urban Community College Students, Linda Serra Hagedorn, Scott Cypers, and Jaime Lester

13. Theoretical Considerations in the Study of Minority Student Retention in Higher Education, Laura I. Rendón, Romero E. Jalomo, and Amaury Nora

14. Diversity and Higher Education: Theory and Impact on Educational Outcomes, Patricia Gurin, Eric L. Dey, Sylvia Hurtado, and Gerald Gurin

15. Nine Themes in Campus Racial Climates and Implications for Institutional Transformation, Shaun R. Harper and Sylvia Hurtado

Organization, administration and governance, Adrianna J. Kezar, Section Editor

16. Problems of Governance, Management, and Leadership in Academic Institutions, Robert Birnbaum

17. Loosely Coupled Systems: A Reconceptualization, J. Douglas Orton and Karl E. Weick

18. Organizational Culture in Higher Education: Defining the Essentials, William G. Tierney

19. The Effect of Institutional Culture on Change Strategies in Higher Education: Universal Principles or Culturally Responsive Concepts? Adrianna J. Kezar and Peter D. Eckel

20. Community College Organizational Climate for Minorities and Women, Barbara K. Townsend

Policy, Edward P. St. John, Section Editor

21. Autonomy and Accountability: Who Controls Academe? Frank A. Schmidtlein and Robert O. Berdahl

22. Lobbying in Higher Education: Theory and Practice, Michael D. Parsons

23. State Funding Limitations and Community College Open Door Policy: Conflicting Priorities? Ruth Zimmer Hendrick, William H. Hightower, and Dennis E. Gregory

24. Federal Involvement in Higher Education Desegregation: An Unfinished Agenda, Clifton F. Conrad and David J. Weerts

25. Affirmative Action and the Creation of More Favorable Contexts of Choice, Michele S. Moses

Epilogue, Paul D. Umbach, Lisa R. Lattuca, Samuel D. Museus, Matthew Hartley, and Tatiana Melguizo

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