Shameful Admissions: The Losing Battle to Serve Everyone in Our Universities

Shameful Admissions: The Losing Battle to Serve Everyone in Our Universities

by Angela Browne-Miller

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Library Journal
Browne-Miller (Learing To Learn, Plenum, 1994) offers a most timely review of attitudes and opinions about open admissions on college campuses. In interviews with college students, admissions officers, and administrators, she discusses financing, common complaints of reverse discrimination, and the declining value of an undergraduate degree. Browne-Miller concludes that the modern university is dead, or in the process of dying. As a solution she offers two new creations: "telecollege" and the "communiversity." The latter school is to serve local needs, with mandatory community service required of all students. At graduation, those students would have to meet "strict national graduation requirements." How these dual purposes can be met and how this fits into the world of a "global village" is not clear. Reasons for the underdevelopment of television for higher education purposes and why this will change in the future is also not sufficiently covered. There are more questions than answers to be found here. Nonetheless, this is a timely subject and academic collections should consider.-Arla Lindgren, St. John's Univ., Jamaica, N.Y.
Gilbert Taylor
Browne-Miller examines affirmative action admissions at the University of California at Berkeley. Far from opposing the policy, this author wants it to work better: the "shameful admission" is her view that "liberalized admissions . . . have manifested some undesirable effects." Ultimately, Browne-Miller is ambivalent about relying on the category of "special admissions" (abolished in 1995) as the means to multicultural diversity. Her road to the "communiversity" that she envisions involves closing down all-things-to-all-peopl (s) universities and converting them to community-based entities--vocational schools, for example. Nonprofessional readers, though, are more apt to gravitate toward the down-to-earth anecdotes about affirmative action pulled from her survey of Berkeley students and faculty. Has the policy lowered academic standards, for example? How do the students who entered college through use of the policy feel about it? Browne-Miller's research will attract activists on education issues and those engaged by the affirmative action controversy.

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Publication date:
The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

ANGELA BROWNE-MILLER is the author of several books, including The Day Care Dilemma, Learning to Learn, and Intelligence Policy. She has served as lecturer in three departments at the University of California, Berkeley, and has had wide experience as a consultant and an invited commission member in educational, government, corporate, health, and nonprofit settings.

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