History of American Higher Education

ISBN-10: 142140267X
ISBN-13: 9781421402673
Edition: 2nd 2011
Authors: John R. Thelin
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 10/7/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Colleges and universities are among the most cherished institutions in American society -- and also among the most controversial. Recounting the many crises and triumphs in the long history of American higher education, historian John Thelin offers welcome perspective on this influential aspect of American life. Since its original publication, A History of American Higher Education has distinguished itself as the widest-ranging and most engaging account of the origins and evolution of America's public and private colleges and universities. It is widely praised for providing a comprehensive and readable review of the academy's history and influence on society. The second edition brings this seminal work up to date, featuring a revised preface and a new chapter on today's hot-button issues, including big-time sports programs, the changing role of governing boards, and the financial challenges posed by the economic downturn. Praise for the first edition "Destined to be the standard work in this area for years to come." -- Journal of College Student Development "The book is worthy of being the major new overview of U.S. higher education." -- Education Review "A readable and concise introduction to this subject, it propels audience members to develop an appreciation for the heterogeneous... academe story as a whole." -- Teachers College Record "Well written and engaging... Thelin has raised the bar for historians of higher education to clear." -- Facilities Manager "Apart from being first-rate historical interpretation, Thelin's book offers several advantages that should make it attractive to the general reader as well as the scholar... His writing is brisk, concise, and humorous... Part public policy analyst and part social historian, Mr. Thelin weaves a tight narrative that keeps moving." -- Lexington Herald-Leader "Fills a real need in the scholarship... Accessible and informative, providing a reasonable foundation on which to build a rich understanding of the development of American higher education." -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society "Despite its age, Rudolph's single-volume history has endured... Now John Thelin's A History of American Higher Education provides a worthy replacement." -- History of Education Quarterly

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Historians and Higher Education
Colleges in the Colonial Era
Creating the "American Way" in Higher Education: College-Building, 1785 to 1860
Diversity and Adversity: Resilience in American Higher Education, 1860 to 1890
Captains of Industry and Erudition: University-Builders, 1880 to 1910
Alma Mater: America Goes to College, 1890 to 1920
Success and Excess: Expansion and Reforms in Higher Education, 1920 to 1945
Gilt by Association: Higher Education's "Golden Age," 1945 to 1970
Coming of Age in America: Higher Education as a Troubled Giant, 1970 to 2000
A New Life Begins? Reconfiguring American Higher Education in the Twenty-first Century
Notes
Essay on Sources
Index

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