Crisis in the Academy: Rethinking Higher Education in America

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Palgrave Macmillan, Mar 15, 1998 - Education - 288 pages
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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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Contents

AN OVERVIEW
1
WHAT ARE COLLEGES
39
Origins of the American University
57
Structural Elements and Goals
70
Reconciling Objectives and Functions
84
The Egalitarian View
92
The Meritocratic View
99
Selective Admissions Reconsidered
106
ACADEMIC PRIORITIES AND
169
Scholarship at Gunpoint
189
Challenging the Faculty Reward System
195
Shifting Priorities and New Imperatives
201
The Accountability Imperative
208
Faculty Governance and Academic Freedom
214
Instructional Innovation
221
Teacher Preparation
230

An Alternative
115
WHAT SHALL BE TAUGHT?
123
Accountability and Social Responsibility
239
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About the author (1998)

Christopher J. Lucas is Professor of Higher Education and Policy Studies at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He is the author of "American Higher Education," "Crisis in the Academy" and "Teacher Education in America."

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