The Shaping of American Higher Education: Emergence and Growth of the Contemporary System / Edition 2

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When the first edition of The Shaping of American Higher Education was published it was lauded for its historical perspective and in-depth coverage of current events that provided an authoritative, comprehensive account of the history of higher education in the United States. As in the first edition, this book tracks trends and important issues in eight key areas: student access, faculty professionalization, curricular expansion, institutional growth, governance, finance, research, and outcomes. Thoroughly revised and updated, the volume is filled with critical new data; recent information from specialized sources on faculty, student admissions, and management practices; and an entirely new section that explores privatization, corporatization, and accountability from the mid-1990s to the present. This second edition also includes end-of-chapter questions for guidance, reflection, and study.

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Editorial Reviews

The author traces changes in student access, faculty professionalization, curricular expansion, institutional growth, secular governance, public finance, research, and outcomes in higher education from the colonial era to the present day, focusing on the past 50 years. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"The reader may find the title of this excellent volume too modest for the rich presentation of American educational history it offers. Much more than a shaping of that historical record, the educational facts presented gain a special resonance from the richness of the social and economic background against which the history unfolds." --Change

"This overview is a well-organized, highly readable account which will serve nicely as a background for further specialized study." --The Journal of Academic Librarianship

"A magnum opus--in size, in topics and issues covered, in literature mastered. . . . a well written, smooth flowing, balanced comment." --Clark Kerr, president emeritus, University of California

"I've been waiting for this book for more than a decade. The highly regarded histories of American higher education have become badly dated. They ignore the last quarter century when American higher education was transformed. Arthur Cohen does the nation's colleges and universities a much-needed service by authoring this volume." --Arthur Levine, president, Teachers College, Columbia University

"Arthur Cohen has produced a superb history of American higher education. Masterful, authoritative, comprehensive, and incisive, this work will stand as the classic required resource for all who want to understand where American higher education came from and where it is going." --John V. Lombardi, president, University of Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470480069
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/9/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 93,799
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ARTHUR M. COHEN is professor of higher education and director of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges at the University of California, Los Angeles. His previous books include The American Community College (with F. Brawer, Jossey-Bass, 3rd edition, 1996).
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Table of Contents

Introduction A framework for studying the history of higher education 1

1 Establishing the collegiate form in the colonies : 1636-1789 13

2 The diffusion of small colleges in the emergent nation : 1790-1869 57

3 University transformation as the nation industrializes : 1870-1944 105

4 Mass higher education in the era of American hegemony : 1945-1975 187

5 Maintaining the diverse system in an era of consolidation : 1976-1993 307

6 Privatization, corporatization, and accountability in the contemporary era : 1994-2009 435

References 577

Name index 603

Subject index 609

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