This is not a conventional study of small colleges... In the tradition of a true liberal arts scholar, he invites thoughtful dialogue, challenges academic tradition, and persuades readers to explore alternatives.
Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century Americaby Samuel Schuman
Shuman traces the history and development of small colleges in America and considers their future possibilities. His analysis is based upon statistical data as well as personal visits to 12 campuses, including George Fox U., Grinnell College, and Westmont College. Informed by his own experiences as a scholar and administrator, he offers evidence that in higher… See more details below
Shuman traces the history and development of small colleges in America and considers their future possibilities. His analysis is based upon statistical data as well as personal visits to 12 campuses, including George Fox U., Grinnell College, and Westmont College. Informed by his own experiences as a scholar and administrator, he offers evidence that in higher education, small is beautiful. Schuman is Chancellor of the U. of Minnesota's Morris campus. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Interesting reading. The extensive information Schuman provides gives us a picture of contemporary American small colleges.
Researchers, faculty, and administrators interested in small colleges will find suggestions for further research and discussion about the many challenges that small colleges face today.
An important book for small-college people... Paints a rich picture of the exceptional things small colleges can do.
Schuman is an ardent proponent of small colleges, and his devotion and passion are apparent in every chapter of this work. The work is also brilliantly written and thoroughly convincing. After reading this work, the reader will possess a new found appreciation for these institutions of higher education and an understanding of their vital role.
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A wonderful integration of rich knowledge with thoughtful and perceptive analysis. I also appreciated the interweaving of vignettes and portraits, which seemed to me to add a nice layer of humanity.
A significant piece of work, extremely well-written and solidly based on data and evidence.
Once the envy of the world, American undergraduate education at the beginning of the twenty-first century is in a state of crisis. Anyone seeking solutions to its problems will want to read Old Main. Schuman offers convincing evidence that small colleges really are differentand the difference is good for students.
Schuman's method is impeccable and true to the small college experience that eludes description by statistics and generalities alone... Old Main should become the text of choice for orienting new administrative staff and faculty in small colleges.
Many peoplewell beyond those that are affiliated with small collegeswill find [ Old Main] of great interest.
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