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Book
222 pages ; 24 cm
  • A system without a plan
  • Elements of the American model of higher education
  • Unpromising roots
  • The ragtag college system in the nineteenth century
  • Adding the pinnacle and keeping the base
  • The graduate school crowns the system, 1880
  • 1910
  • Mutual subversion
  • The liberal and the professional
  • Balancing access and advantage
  • Private advantage, public impact
  • Learning to love the bomb
  • America's brief cold war fling with the university as a public good
  • Upstairs, downstairs
  • Relations between the tiers of the system
  • A perfect mess.
Read the news about America's colleges and universities rising student debt, affirmative action debates, and conflicts between faculty and administrators and it's clear that higher education in this country is a total mess. But as David F. Labaree reminds us in this book, it's always been that way. And that's exactly why it has become the most successful and sought-after source of learning in the world. Detailing American higher education's unusual struggle for survival in a free market that never guaranteed its place in society a fact that seemed to doom it in its early days in the nineteenth century he tells a lively story of the entrepreneurial spirit that drove American higher education to become the best. And the best it is: today America's universities and colleges produce the most scholarship, earn the most Nobel prizes, hold the largest endowments, and attract the most esteemed students and scholars from around the world. But this was not an inevitability. Weakly funded by the state, American schools in their early years had to rely on student tuition and alumni donations in order to survive. This gave them tremendous autonomy to seek out sources of financial support and pursue unconventional opportunities to ensure their success. As Labaree shows, by striving as much as possible to meet social needs and fulfill individual ambitions, they developed a broad base of political and financial support that, grounded by large undergraduate programs, allowed for the most cutting-edge research and advanced graduate study ever conducted. As a result, American higher education eventually managed to combine a unique mix of the populist, the practical, and the elite in a single complex system. The answers to today's problems in higher education are not easy, but as this book shows, they shouldn't be: no single person or institution can determine higher education's future. It is something that faculty, administrators, and students adapting to society's needs will determine together, just as they have always done.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226250441 20170522
Education Library (Cubberley)
AMSTUD-165-01, EDUC-165-01, EDUC-265-01, HISTORY-158C-01
Book
xxx, 466 p. ; 23 cm.
  • 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, 1890 to 1910
  • Alma mater: America goes to college, 1890 to 1920
  • Success and excess: expansions 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 21st century.
Colleges and universities are among the most cherished-and controversial-institutions in the United States. In this updated edition of A History of American Higher Education, John R. Thelin offers welcome perspective on the triumphs and crises of this highly influential sector in American life. Thelin's work has distinguished itself as the most wide-ranging and engaging account of the origins and evolution of America's institutions of higher learning. This edition brings the discussion of perennial hot-button issues such as big-time sports programs up to date and addresses such current areas of contention as the changing role of governing boards and the financial challenges posed by the economic downturn.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781421402673 20160607
Education Library (Cubberley)
AMSTUD-165-01, EDUC-165-01, EDUC-265-01, HISTORY-158C-01