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

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Similar to the first edition, The Shaping of American Higher Education combines historical and current events up to the mid 1990s. In this edition though, the revised text provides updated data and tables, new material on faculty, student admissions, and management practices, as well as a new chapter on the contemporary era. The book explores topics like curricular expansion, institutional growth, secular governance, and more. With end-of-chapter questions, this textbook presents a history of American higher education, with an emphasis on developments impacting current conditions, to students, professors, and practitioners.

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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.
From the Publisher
"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: 303,553
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur M. Cohen is professor emeritus of higher education at UCLA, editor-in-chief of New Directions for Community Colleges, and coauthor of The American Community College, Fifth Edition from Jossey-Bass.

Carrie B. Kisker is an editor, researcher, and educational consultant in Los Angeles. She has taught courses on the history of higher education and on citizenship, leadership, and service, and is the

former managing editor of New Directions for Community Colleges.

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Table of Contents

The Authors .

Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.

Introduction: A Framework for Studying the History of Higher Education.

1 Establishing the Collegiate Form in the Colonies: 1636–1789.

Societal Context • Institutions • Students • Faculty.

• Curriculum • Governance • Finance • Outcomes.

2 The Diffusion of Small Colleges in the Emergent Nation: 1790–1869.

Societal Context • Institutions • Students • Faculty.

• Curriculum • Governance • Finance • Outcomes.

3 University Transformation as the Nation Industrializes: 1870–1944.

Societal Context • Institutions • Students • Faculty.

• Curriculum • Governance • Finance • Outcomes.

4 Mass Higher Education in the Era of American Hegemony: 1945–1975.

Societal Context • Institutions • Students • Faculty.

• Curriculum • Governance • Finance • Outcomes.

5 Maintaining the Diverse System in an Era of Consolidation: 1976–1993.

Societal Context • Institutions • Students • Faculty.

• Curriculum • Governance • Finance • Outcomes.

6 Privatization, Corporatization, and Accountability in the Contemporary Era: 1994–2009.

Societal Context • Institutions • Students • Faculty.

• Curriculum • Governance • Finance • Outcomes.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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