What Is College For?: The Public Purpose of Higher Education

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At a time when higher education attendance has never felt more mandatory for career success and economic growth, the distinguished contributors to this provocative collection ask readers to consider the civic mission of higher education as equally vital to the nation's well-being. Should higher education serve a greater public interest? In what ways should colleges and universities be asked to participate in public controversies? What should we expect institutions of higher education to contribute to the ...

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Overview

At a time when higher education attendance has never felt more mandatory for career success and economic growth, the distinguished contributors to this provocative collection ask readers to consider the civic mission of higher education as equally vital to the nation's well-being. Should higher education serve a greater public interest? In what ways should colleges and universities be asked to participate in public controversies? What should we expect institutions of higher education to contribute to the development of honesty and ethical judgment in the civic sphere? What should colleges do to foster greater intellectual curiosity and aesthetic appreciation in their students and communities, and why is this important for all Americans?

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807752753
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 987,183
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction Ellen Condliffe Lagemann Harry Lewis 1

1 Renewing the Civic Mission of American Higher Education Ellen Condliffe Lagemann Harry Lewis 9

2 Science, Enlightenment, and Intellectual Tensions in Higher Education Douglas Taylor 46

3 Liberated Consumers and the Liberal Arts College Elaine Turtle Hansen 63

4 The Other 75%: College Education Beyond the Elite Paul Attewell David E. Lavin 86

5 Professional Education: Aligning Knowledge, Expertise, and Public Purpose William M. Sullivan 104

6 Graduate Education: The Nerve Center of Higher Education Catharine R. Stimpson 132

About the Contributors 157

Index 159

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