No Neutral Ground: Standing By the Values We Prize in Higher Education / Edition 1

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If the academy is to continue to play a critical role in determining the beliefs and behavior of American society, it is vital that those within higher education remain clear and consistent about their core values. In this book, author Robert B. Young identifies seven essential values (service, truth, freedom, equality, individuation, justice, and community) and explains how higher education administrators, faculty, and trustees can incorporate these values into their own practice and transmit them to students and the community at large. Inspirational and insightful, No Neutral Ground offers practical suggestions designed to help administrators, trustees, and faculty hold on to core values in the face of steady pressures to compromise and change. Young explores the tensions that arise when institutional values come into conflict with broader social interests, such as free enterprise and religion. And he examines each of the seven core values in depth, showing, for example, how the value of freedom relates to faculty functions, administrative duties, institutional autonomy, and student rights.Both a thoughtful and a thought-provoking book, No Neutral Ground will help administrators, trustees, and faculty chart a steady course through the turbulent climate on today's college campuses.

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"Everyone interested in education will applaud Young for callingthe academy to recognize the reasons for its existence.... Thisbook is highly recommended, not only for those who work in theacademy, but also for those who are eager that the academy stand byand exalt the values prized in higher education."

"No Neutral Ground will provoke some and bring praise from others.Written with passion and a personal sense of mission, this bookoffers something to everyone who cares about institutional valuesand ethical standards." —Richard T. Ingram, president, Associationof Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

"At a time when many critics of higher education lament theseparation of competence and conscience in collegiate education,Young's treatment on the values mission of higher education, is awelcome addition to the literature, a reminder that what we know isalways servant to what we believe." —E. Grady Bogue, professor,department of Educational Leadership at the University of Tennesseeand author of Leadership by Design

"No Neutral Ground should be read by everyone who thinks thatchange begins with programs or personnel. In fact, real changebegins with values, and Bob Young writes about the values of highereducation with clarity and passion." —Terry O'Banion, executivedirector, League for Innovation in the Community College

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Meet the Author

ROBERT B. YOUNG is professor of education and coordinator of educational leadership at Ohio University.

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Table of Contents

1. Who Are We? Finding Our Identity in Values
Part One: Values We Prize
2. Service: The Value of Altruism
3. Truth: Not an End in Itself
4. Freedom: Choice with Responsibility
5. Equality: Ensuring a Fair Start for All
6. Individuation: Human Dignity Growing
7. Justice: Balancing Freedom with Duty
8. Community: Mutual Empowerment
9. How the Values Promote Scholarship and Democracy
Part Two: Challenges to Our Values
10. Capitalism: The Challenges of the Material
11. Spirituality: The Challenges of Ultimate Meaning
12. Aesthetics: The Challenges Linking of Emotion withIntellect
13. Relating the Values to Changing Times
Part Three: Advancing the Values We Prize
14. Building an Identity Based on Values
15. Using Values with Integrity

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