Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century America [NOOK Book]

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This original account draws on key data and firsthand observations to tell the story of the small college in America. Defined as institutions that enroll between 500 and 3,000 full-time students, small colleges number about six hundred in the United States. Many are thriving, while some—whether through low enrollment, ballooning debt, or simple misfortune—face uncertain futures. Informed by his own experiences as a teacher and administrator, Samuel Schuman sketches the history and development of these ...

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Overview

This original account draws on key data and firsthand observations to tell the story of the small college in America. Defined as institutions that enroll between 500 and 3,000 full-time students, small colleges number about six hundred in the United States. Many are thriving, while some—whether through low enrollment, ballooning debt, or simple misfortune—face uncertain futures. Informed by his own experiences as a teacher and administrator, Samuel Schuman sketches the history and development of these institutions and then focuses on their current conditions and future possibilities.

"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."— Education Review

"An important book... Paints a rich picture of the exceptional things small colleges can do."— Academe

"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."— Review of Higher Education

"Interesting reading. The extensive information Schuman provides gives us a picture of contemporary American small colleges."— Journal of Higher Education

Samuel Schuman is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Minnesota, Morris. He is the author of Cyril Tourneur: A Reference Guide, The Theatre of Fine Devices: Emblems and the Emblematic in the Plays of John Webster, and Vladimir Nabokov: A Reference Guide.

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Editorial Reviews

Hancock Record

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.

Journal of Higher Education - Peter A. Lamal

Interesting reading. The extensive information Schuman provides gives us a picture of contemporary American small colleges.

Review of Higher Education - Lois Calian Trautvetter

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.

Academe - Charles Blaich

An important book for small-college people... Paints a rich picture of the exceptional things small colleges can do.

Education Review - Matthew Church

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801896828
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Samuel Schuman is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Minnesota, Morris. He is the author of Cyril Tourneur: A Reference Guide, The Theatre of Fine Devices: Emblems and the Emblematic in the Plays of John Webster, and Vladimir Nabokov: A Reference Guide.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Go west, young man 20
3 Colleges of character 44
4 People at small colleges 79
5 Colleges of community 109
6 The integrated campus 138
7 Blurring the boundaries 163
8 Small college futures 182
Epilogue : small is different : a guide for the perplexed 208
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