In Defense of American Higher Education (Hardback)
  • In Defense of American Higher Education (Hardback)

In Defense of American Higher Education (Hardback)

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Hardback 376 Pages / Published: 05/09/2001
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The current era in higher education is characterized by increased need for accountability and fiscal constraint coupled with demands for increased productivity. Higher education is expected to meet the demand of changing student demographics, as well as requests for research and service from government and industry. To preserve the academy's ability to meet these demands, the editors and contributors to this volume argue that, while change is inevitable and desirable, any radical alterations to the practices that have established and upheld the excellence of higher education in the United States must be carefully considered.The editors and contributors cherish the best ideals of higher education: academic freedom, commitment to both inquiry and teaching, and preservation of an independence of mind and spirit in the face of external pressures. At the same time, the authors of these essays also reflect upon the failings of higher education, including problematic historical legacies such as racism, sexism, and anti-semitism. In Defense of American Higher Education is a careful analysis of what we have inherited, undertaken with a critical eye for constructive reform. It will be of interest to anyone concerned about the future of American higher education.

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801866548
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm

Belongs on any academic bookshelf that seeks to balance the wave of criticism now so prevalent in the field. * University Business *
A confident overview of the current condition of today's universities. Researchers, policymakers, and graduate students will appreciate the opportunity to react to some of the best minds in the field of higher education as they examine the state of the American university and predict its future direction. -- Brandyn Payne * Peabody Journal of Education *
The value of this thoughtful collection of essays is more in its enduring than its timely concerns. The legacy of American higher education, we are reminded, is one of resilience, promise, and, to be sure, excellence despite the many challenges it faces in the near and longer terms. -- Matthew Miller * Planning for Higher Education *
The contributions are informative and gather together scholars and evidence from many areas. -- Leonard L. Baird * Teachers College Record *
Comprehensive and informative to both academic and non-academic readers. -- Elise Langan * Higher Education Policy *

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