Big Man on Campus A University President Speaks Out on Higher Education

ISBN-10: 1416557199

ISBN-13: 9781416557197

Edition: 2008

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An eye-opening and at times controversial insider's look at the current state of higher education in America, from one of the nation's most distinguished and down-to-earth university presidents. At a time when daily news headlines scream of competitive college enrollments, skyrocketing tuition, campus violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and other campus scandals, the former president of The George Washington University tells it like it really is. Educated at Columbia, Yale, and Harvard universities, with a membership in Phi Beta Kappa, more than fifteen honorary doctorates, four books, and numerous published articles, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg is one of the leading voices in American higher education. Here he brings his thirty years of experience, wisdom, and wit to reveal what goes on behind the scenes in the difficult and rewarding challenge of running a university. Using wonderful anecdotes from his own life, Trachtenberg explains with compassion and his trademark humor the insight he has gained from the halls of learning. For parents who will write big checks to send their sons and daughters to college, for businesspeople of all kinds looking for leadership lessons, and for anyone invested in America's system of higher education, this book is a major work about the importance of sustaining our nation's natural brain trust.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 6/3/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface
Enrollment Is Life
Young Enough to Still Do Some Damage
Believe in the Unproven
To Get Things Done, Risk Being Wrong
Don't Make Everybody Mad at You at the Same Time
No Tired Bureaucrats Need Apply
The Best Four Years of Your Life Are the Next Four Years of Your Life, Forever
Faculty Engagements
Schmoozing for Dollars
Seize the Day
Descartes Goes into a Bar and Orders a Martini
The Virtues of College Athletics
The Bride Is Too Beautiful
You Can't Anticipate Every Crisis
The Benefits of Being a Twentieth-Century Man
The Ideal University?
Perpetual Institutions, Mortal Leaders
Acknowledgments
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