Overview

Most statements today about higher education begin with the assumption that it should be relevant. That it should be relevant, however, does not settle the matter. The significance of relevance depends on the power of something else that is more fundamental. Relevance may be a true standard of judgment, but it does not stand by itself. Assuming higher education should be relevant, the question emerges, relevant to what? Why? How? At what costs?...
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The Relevance of Higher Education: Exploring a Contested Notion

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Overview

Most statements today about higher education begin with the assumption that it should be relevant. That it should be relevant, however, does not settle the matter. The significance of relevance depends on the power of something else that is more fundamental. Relevance may be a true standard of judgment, but it does not stand by itself. Assuming higher education should be relevant, the question emerges, relevant to what? Why? How? At what costs? And, relevant in what sense? These are some of the central questions animating this study.

The Relevance of Higher Education: Exploring a Contested Notion, edited by Timothy L. Simpson examines the relevance of higher education by bringing together the work of historians, political scientists, and educational philosophers. The contributors probe the meaning of relevance in its many guises, providing an historical and philosophical account of the roots of this concept and its impact on the institution of higher education. Furthermore, The Relevance of Higher Education provides a critical evaluation of the impact of relevance on our understanding of the political and economic relationship between higher education and society. This study suggests views of relevance that could guide the future of higher education. By providing penetrating analysis, this text thoroughly explores relevance and its underlying assumptions, potential implications and long-lasting effects on higher education and society. The Relevance of Higher Education provides the tools necessary to develop a rich framework for understanding relevance and its impact on higher education and society.
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Editorial Reviews

Mark Bauerlein
With the university under constant calls to justify its costs and prove its relevance, this volume of essays couldn’t be more timely. Here we have sober reflections on the liberal arts in an age of productivity, assessment, career readiness, and political correctness, each trend threatening in one way or another the cardinal ideals of higher education. Some of the contributors proceed historically, others ethically and philosophically; they invoke Aristotle, Tocqueville, Nietzsche, Dewey, David Rieseman, and Allan Bloom; they range from the highs of liberal education for its own sake to the lows of university marketing strategies; and they expose relevance as a flexible and tactical concept, both an engine of curriculum, a social validation, and a burden of public financing. People confounded by amazing developments such as the labeling of students as 'customers' and data on how little students typically learn during their undergraduate career will find them explained in these pages. Indeed, as the debates over the value and purpose of higher education move forward in the coming years, participants will prosper by assimilating the contents of this volume.
Wesley Null
The Relevance of Higher Education is a thought-provoking and highly-readable text that will challenge anyone who proclaims to have the 'final word' on the purpose of universities today. I encourage anyone who cares about the future of higher education to read this text carefully and learn from the impressive collection of authors, from a wide variety of fields, who contributed to it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739182536
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 353 KB

Meet the Author

Timothy L. Simpson is an associate professor of education at Morehead State University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.
Chapter 1. A Philosophy of Prudence and the Purpose of HIgher Education Today
by Lee Trepanier
Chapter 2. Relevance in Higher Education: A Modest Proposal
by Jon M. Fennell
Chapter 3. The Expanding Circuit of Life: Higher Education, Wit, and Relevance
by Bryan R. Warnick
Chapter 4. Virtue, Happiness, and Balance: What Jefferson Can Still Teach us about Higher Education
by Michael Schwartz
Chapter 5. Toward a Neo-Perennialist Philosophy of Liberal Education
by Wayne Willis
Chapter 6. Academic Freedom and the Role of the Humanities
by James Scott Johnston
Chapter 7. The University and the Polis in an Age of Relevance
by Bradley C.S. Watson
Chapter 8. Order and Educational Relevance: Crisis and Conservancy in Western Civilization
by Michael Wayne Hail
Chapter 9. American Democracy and Liberal Education in an Era of "Relevance"
by Jason R. Jividen
Chapter 10. The Social Relevance of Egoism and Perfectionism: Nietzsche's Education for the Public Good
by Mark Jonas
Chapter 11. Irrelevance is Not an Option: Higher Education and the American Socio-economic System
by Stephen Clements
Chapter 12. Institutional Diversity and the Future of American Higher Education: Reconsidering the Vision of David Riesman
by Wilfred M. McClay
About the Authors
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