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Author Bok, Derek, author.

Title Higher Education in America / Derek Bok.

Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
Edition Revised.
Physical description 1 online resource (496 pages) : illustrations
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface to the Revised Edition -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I. The Context -- Foreword (I) -- Chapter One. The American System of Higher Education -- Chapter Two. Purposes, Goals, and Limits to Growth -- Chapter Three. The Governance of Nonprofit Universities -- Afterword (I) -- Part II. Undergraduate Education -- Foreword (II) -- Chapter Four. Going to College and Earning a Degree -- Chapter Five. Paying for College: The Challenge for Policy-Makers and Academic Leaders -- Chapter Six. Entering the Right College -- Chapter Seven. The Expanding Audience for Higher Education -- Chapter Eight. What to Learn -- Chapter Nine. How to Teach -- Chapter Ten. Prospects for Reform -- Afterword (II) -- Chapter Eleven. Graduate Education -- Part II. Undergraduate Education -- Foreword (III) -- Chapter Twelve. Medical Schools -- Chapter Thirteen. Law Schools -- Chapter Fourteen. Business Schools -- Afterword (III) -- Part IV. Research -- Foreword (IV) -- Chapter Fifteen. "Publish or Perish" -- Chapter Sixteen. The Changing Nature of Scientific Research -- Chapter Seventeen. The Environment for Research -- Afterword (IV) -- Part V.A Final Reckoning -- Foreword (V) -- Chapter Eighteen. Matters of Genuine Concern -- The Last Word -- Notes -- Index.
Summary Higher Education in America is a landmark work--a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of the current condition of our colleges and universities from former Harvard president Derek Bok, one of the nation's most respected education experts. Sweepingly ambitious in scope, this is a deeply informed and balanced assessment of the many strengths as well as the weaknesses of American higher education today. At a time when colleges and universities have never been more important to the lives and opportunities of students or to the progress and prosperity of the nation, Bok provides a thorough examination of the entire system, public and private, from community colleges and small liberal arts colleges to great universities with their research programs and their medical, law, and business schools. Drawing on the most reliable studies and data, he determines which criticisms of higher education are unfounded or exaggerated, which are issues of genuine concern, and what can be done to improve matters. Some of the subjects considered are long-standing, such as debates over the undergraduate curriculum and concerns over rising college costs. Others are more recent, such as the rise of for-profit institutions and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Additional topics include the quality of undergraduate education, the stagnating levels of college graduation, the problems of university governance, the strengths and weaknesses of graduate and professional education, the environment for research, and the benefits and drawbacks of the pervasive competition among American colleges and universities. Offering a rare survey and evaluation of American higher education as a whole, this book provides a solid basis for a fresh public discussion about what the system is doing right, what it needs to do better, and how the next quarter century could be made a period of progress rather than decline.
History notes BokDerek: Derek Bok is the 300th Anniversary University Research Professor at Harvard University. He served as the twenty-fifth president of Harvard from 1971 to 1991, and he served again as interim president from 2006 to 2007. His many books include Our Underachieving Colleges, Universities in the Marketplace, and the acclaimed best seller The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (all Princeton).
Language notes In English.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- United States -- History.
Education, Higher -- United States -- History.
Professional education -- United States -- History.
Social sciences -- Education -- Education Systems.
Universities and colleges -- United States -- History.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781400866120
Standard Number 10.1515/9781400866120