Book , Print in English

Higher education in America

Derek Bok.
  • Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
  • Copyright Notice: ©2013
  • x, 479 pages ; 24 cm
  • History.
  • "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."--Publisher's description.
  • note: pt. I Context
  • Foreword (I)
  • ch. One American System of Higher Education
  • ch. Two Purposes, Goals, and Limits to Growth
  • ch. Three Governance of Nonprofit Universities
  • Afterword (I)
  • pt. II Undergraduate Education
  • Foreword (II)
  • ch. Four Going to College and Earning a Degree
  • ch. Five Paying for College: The Challenge for Policy-Makers and Academic Leaders
  • ch. Six Entering the Right College
  • ch. Seven Expanding Audience for Higher Education
  • ch. Eight What to Learn
  • ch. Nine How to Teach
  • ch. Ten Prospects for Reform
  • Afterword (II)
  • ch. Eleven Graduate Education
  • pt. III Professional Education
  • Foreword (III)
  • ch. Twelve Medical Schools
  • ch. Thirteen Law Schools
  • ch. Fourteen Business Schools
  • Afterword (III)
  • pt. IV Research
  • Foreword (IV)
  • ch. Fifteen "Publish or Perish"
  • ch. Sixteen Changing Nature of Scientific Research
  • ch. Seventeen Environment for Research
  • Afterword (IV)
  • pt. V Final Reckoning
  • Foreword (V)
  • ch. Eighteen Matters of Genuine Concern.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-452) and index.
  • OCLC
  • 9780691159140
  • 0691159149
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2013013887
  • OCLC: 840582140
  • OCLC: 840582140

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