Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century America

Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century America

by Samuel Schuman


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Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century America by Samuel Schuman

This perceptive and cogent account draws on key data and firsthand observations to tell the story of the small college in America. Defined as institutions that enroll between 500 and 3,000 full-time students, small colleges number about six hundred in the United States. Many are thriving, while some—whether through low enrollment, ballooning debt, or simple misfortune—face uncertain futures.

Informed by his own experiences as a teacher and administrator, Samuel Schuman sketches the history and development of these institutions; then focuses on their current conditions and future possibilities. Administrators, faculty, and researchers will appreciate Schuman's insight into institutional choices and their consequences. Old Main is an essential book for anyone who shares Schuman's conviction that small colleges occupy a central place in American higher education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801891021
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 09/12/2008
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Samuel Schuman is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Minnesota, Morris. He is the author of Cyril Tourneur: A Reference Guide, The Theatre of Fine Devices: Emblems and the Emblematic in the Plays of John Webster, and Vladimir Nabokov: A Reference Guide.

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Carol Schneider

A wonderful integration of rich knowledge with thoughtful and perceptive analysis. I also appreciated the interweaving of vignettes and portraits, which seemed to me to add a nice layer of humanity.

Carol Schneider, President of the American Association of Colleges and Universities

James M. Clark

A significant piece of work, extremely well-written and solidly based on data and evidence.

James M. Clark, President Emeritus, SUNY Cortland

Richard Trollinger

Once the envy of the world, American undergraduate education at the beginning of the twenty-first century is in a state of crisis. Anyone seeking solutions to its problems will want to read Old Main. Schuman offers convincing evidence that small colleges really are different—and the difference is good for students.

Richard Trollinger, Centre College

Ann Raia

Schuman's method is impeccable and true to the small college experience that eludes description by statistics and generalities alone... Old Main should become the text of choice for orienting new administrative staff and faculty in small colleges.

Ann Raia, College of New Rochelle

Richard Ekman

Many people—well beyond those that are affiliated with small colleges—will find [ Old Main] of great interest.

Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges

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