Shaping of American Higher Education Emergence and Growth of the Contemporary System

ISBN-10: 0787910295

ISBN-13: 9780787910297

Edition: 1998

Authors: Arthur M. Cohen

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Reading history, says Arthur Cohen, is essential for those who would reform higher education. From the earliest American colleges, debates have ranged over familiar issues in higher education: curriculum changes, faculty selection and review, student admissions, and institutional funding. Yesterday's practices underlie today's problems even as the system continues evolving. How has this evolution taken place? And to what degree have things changed or remained the same? In The Shaping of American Higher Education, Cohen combines historical perspective with in-depth coverage of current events to provide an authoritative, comprehensive account of the history of higher education in the United States. From the colonial era to the present day--and with particular attention to the past 50 years--the book tracks trends in student access, faculty professionalization, curricular expansion, institutional growth, secular governance, public finance, research, and outcomes, placing them all in the context of contemporary society. Cohen organizes the book around a unique matrix of trends, topics, and eras that enables the reader either to proceed chapter by chapter through a chronological sequence of the entire history, or to easily follow a preferred topic, such as faculty or curriculum, by reading only that specific section in each era. While other books have detailed the early history of the collegiate system, Cohen's work fulfills the need for an up-to-date account of American higher education that emphasizes the post-World War II era. Cohen synthesizes prevailing views of earlier eras in order to establish a solid background for his extensive examination of the past fifty years.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/6/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Preface
The Author
Introduction: A Framework for Studying the History of Higher Education
Establishing the Collegiate Form in the Colonies: 1636-1789
The Diffusion of Small Colleges in the Emergent Nation: 1790-1869
University Transformation as the Nation Industrializes: 1870-1944
Mass Higher Education in the Era of American Hegemony: 1945-1975
Maintaining the Diverse System in the Contemporary Era: 1976-1998
Conclusion: Trends and Issues for the Future
References
Index
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