Higher Education in America

ISBN-10: 0691159149
ISBN-13: 9780691159140
Edition: 2013
Authors: Derek Bok
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Description: Higher Education in America is a landmark work--a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of the current condition of our colleges and universities from former Harvard president Derek Bok, one of the nation's most respected education experts.  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/25/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 496
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782

Higher Education in America is a landmark work--a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of the current condition of our colleges and universities from former Harvard president Derek Bok, one of the nation's most respected education experts. Sweepingly ambitious in scope, this is a deeply informed and balanced assessment of the many strengths as well as the weaknesses of American higher education today. At a time when colleges and universities have never been more important to the lives and opportunities of students or to the progress and prosperity of the nation, Bok provides a thorough examination of the entire system, public and private, from community colleges and small liberal arts colleges to great universities with their research programs and their medical, law, and business schools. Drawing on the most reliable studies and data, he determines which criticisms of higher education are unfounded or exaggerated, which are issues of genuine concern, and what can be done to improve matters.Some of the subjects considered are long-standing, such as debates over the undergraduate curriculum and concerns over rising college costs. Others are more recent, such as the rise of for-profit institutions and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Additional topics include the quality of undergraduate education, the stagnating levels of college graduation, the problems of university governance, the strengths and weaknesses of graduate and professional education, the environment for research, and the benefits and drawbacks of the pervasive competition among American colleges and universities.Offering a rare survey and evaluation of American higher education as a whole, this book provides a solid basis for a fresh public discussion about what the system is doing right, what it needs to do better, and how the next quarter century could be made a period of progress rather than decline.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Context
Foreword (I)
The American System of Higher Education
Purposes, Goals, and Limits to Growth
The Governance of Nonprofit Universities
Afterword (I)
Undergraduate Education
Foreword (II)
Going to College and Earning a Degree
Paying for College: The Challenge for Policy-Makers and Academic Leaders
Entering the Right College
The Expanding Audience for Higher Education
What to Learn
How to Teach
Prospects for Reform
Afterword (II)
Graduate Education
Professional Education
Foreword (III)
Medical Schools
Law Schools
Business Schools
Afterword (III)
Research
Foreword (IV)
"Publish or Perish"
The Changing Nature of Scientific Research
The Environment for Research
Afterword (IV)
A Final Reckoning
Foreword (V)
Matters of Genuine Concern
The Last Word
Notes
Index

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