In Defense of American Higher Education

In Defense of American Higher Education



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801866548
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 09/05/2001
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.22(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Philip G. Altbach is Monan Professor of Higher Education and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. Patricia J. Gumport is an associate professor of Higher Education and director of the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement at Stanford University. D. Bruce Johnstone is a university professor at State University of New York, Buffalo.

Table of Contents

Part 1The University in Society
Chapter 1The American Academic Model in Comparative Perspective11
Chapter 2Higher Education as a Mature Industry38
Chapter 3The "Crisis" Crisis in Higher Education: Is that a Wolf or a Pussycat at the Academy's Door?59
Chapter 4Built to Serve: The Enduring Legacy of Public Higher Education85
Chapter 5From Mass Higher Education to Universal Access: The American Advantage110
Chapter 6Higher Education and Those "Out-of-Control Costs"144
Part 2Within the Academy
Chapter 7The Liberal Arts and the Role of Elite Higher Education181
Chapter 8The Technological Revolution: Reflections on the Proper Role of Technology in Higher Education202
Chapter 9Academic Change and Presidential Leadership227
Chapter 10Graduate Education and Research249
Chapter 11College Students Today: Why We Can't Leave Serendipity to Chance277
Chapter 12Governance: The Remarkable Ambiguity304
Chapter 13Understanding the American Academic Profession323
List of Contributors353

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Martin Meyerson

"This is a splendid book that will give readers a panoramic overview of university affairs, among the most important aspects of the American political economy, and its social system and the visions for it."

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