American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: Social, Political, and Economic Challenges

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Philip G. Altbach, Patricia J. Gumport, Robert O. Berdahl
Johns Hopkins University Press, May 1, 2011 - Education - 520 pages

First published in 1998, American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century offers a comprehensive entree to the central issues facing American colleges and universities today. This thoroughly revised edition brings the volume up to date on key topics of enduring interest.

Placing higher education within its social and political contexts, leading scholars discuss finance, federal and state governance, faculty, students, curriculum, and academic leadership. Contributors also address major changes in higher education, especially the influence and incorporation of the latest technologies and growing concern about the future of the academy in a post–Iraq War setting.

No other book covers such wide-ranging issues under the broader theme of higher education’s relationship to society. Highly acclaimed and incorporating cutting-edge research, American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century remains the standard reference in the field.

Contributors: Philip G. Altbach, Benjamin Baez, Michael N. Bastedo, Robert O. Berdahl, Marjorie A. E. Cook, Melanie E. Corrigan, Judith S. Eaton, Peter D. Eckel, Gustavo Fischman, Roger L. Geiger, Lawrence E. Gladieux, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Patricia J. Gumport, Fred F. Harcleroad, D. Bruce Johnstone, Adrianna Kezar, Jacqueline E. King, Aims C. McGuinness Jr., Amy Scott Metcalfe, Michael Mumper, Michael A. Olivas, Robert M. O'Neil, Gary Rhoades, Frank A. Schmidtlein, Sheila Slaughter, Daryl G. Smith, John Willinsky

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The third edition is filled with tons of excellent articles. (I was surprised, honestly.) Most of the newer articles look at where some of the current higher ed trends are heading. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Philip G. Altbach is the Monan Professor of Higher Education and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. He is coeditor of World Class Worldwide: Transforming Research Universities in Asia and Latin America, also published by Johns Hopkins. Patricia J. Gumport is vice provost for graduate education and a professor of education at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Institute for Higher Education. She is editor of Sociology of Higher Education: Contributions and Their Contexts, also published by Johns Hopkins. Robert O. Berdahl is professor emeritus of higher education at the University of Maryland and author of British Universities and the State and Statewide Coordination of Higher Education.

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