The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, and the End of the American University

The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, and the End of the American University

by Ellen Schrecker
     
 

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Schrecker, the leading historian of the McCarthy-era witch hunts, examines both the key fronts in the present battles over higher ed, and their historical parallels in previous eras – offering a deeply-researched chronicle of the challenges to academic freedom, set against the rapidly changing structure of the academy itself. The Lost Soul of Higher

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Schrecker, the leading historian of the McCarthy-era witch hunts, examines both the key fronts in the present battles over higher ed, and their historical parallels in previous eras – offering a deeply-researched chronicle of the challenges to academic freedom, set against the rapidly changing structure of the academy itself. The Lost Soul of Higher Education tells the interwoven stories of successive, well-funded ideological assaults on academic freedom by outside pressure groups aimed at undermining the legitimacy of scholarly study, viewed alongside decades of eroding higher education budgets -- a trend that has sharply accelerated during the recent economic downturn.

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In this beautifully written and carefully researched work, Schrecker (history, Yeshiva Univ.; No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism & the Universities) gives a complete picture of the "structural and political threats" to academic freedom. She defines academic freedom in its broadest sense to encompass more than freedom of expression and include faculty governance, tenure, economic security, institutional loyalty, and peer review. She discusses threats such as the marginalization of faculty by administrators and the economic downturn (layoffs, hiring freezes, reduced benefits, larger class sizes, and elimination of programs and departments). Novice and experienced faculty alike will appreciate Schrecker's coverage of the historical underpinnings of the American university system; abundance of examples from beleaguered faculty members such as Juan Hong (Univ. of California, Irvine), Ward Churchill (Univ. of Colorado), and Sami al-Arian (Univ. of South Florida); insights into the financial exigencies that threaten academe; and predictions for the future. VERDICT Highly recommended for collections that focus on higher education.—Elizabeth Connor, The Citadel, Military Coll. of South Carolina, Lib., Charleston

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ISBN-13:
9781595584007
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Ellen Schrecker is professor of history at Yeshiva University who has written extensively about the Cold War red scare. Among her books are No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities, The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History with Documents, Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America, and Cold War Triumphalism: The Abuse of History after the Fall of Communism. Schrecker is the former editor of the American Association of University Professors’ magazine, Academe.

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