Crisis in the Academy: Rethinking Higher Education in America
Not since sixties student turmoil and unrest wreaked havoc on the nations's campuses has American higher education been the subject of so much controversy. Confusion over fundamental priorities and purposes, the author argues, lies at the heart of the dilemma facing end-of-the-century higher education. Having failed in its attempt to be all things to all people, the academy must now reinvent itself to meet the challenges of the millennium ahead. Thoughtful and timely, Crisis in the Academy offers a wide-ranging analysis of contemporary higher education and makes an important contribution to the ongoing public debate over the future of America's beleaguered and diverse institutions of higher learning.
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WHAT ARE COLLEGES
Origins of the American University
Structural Elements and Goals
Reconciling Objectives and Functions
The Egalitarian View
The Meritocratic View
Selective Admissions Reconsidered
ACADEMIC PRIORITIES AND
Scholarship at Gunpoint
Challenging the Faculty Reward System
Shifting Priorities and New Imperatives
The Accountability Imperative
Faculty Governance and Academic Freedom
WHAT SHALL BE TAUGHT?
Accountability and Social Responsibility
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