Wednesday, January 17, 2007 (Around 8 years ago)
The Future of Higher Education: Rhetoric, Reality, and the Risks of the Market by Newman, Couturier and Scurry. A powerful look at the risks inherent in the trend toward making higher education a market rather than a regulated public sector. This book reveals the findings of an extensive four-year investigation into the major forces that are transforming our American system of higher education. The book explores the challenges of intensified competition among institutions, globalization of colleges and universities, the expansion of the new for-profit and virtual institutions, and the influences of technology on learning.
My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student by Rebekah Nathan. The author gives us a unique look into the student experience inthe first year of college. She provides an unfiltered view of the cultural norms, social rules, and community expectations face by our new students.
Liberal Arts Colleges: Thriving, Surviving, or Endangered? by David Breneman.Liberal arts colleges have a role in American higher education far surpassing their modest numbers and enrollments. This book provides the best informed, most balanced, and most insightful treatment of these remarkably resilient institutions that we are likely to see for many years.
Decoding the Disciplines: Helping Students Learn Disciplinary Ways of Thinking by Pace and Middendorf. The book presents principles for facilitating assessments and a faculty learning community. Institutions are invited to consider the book as a tool for structuring faculty inquiry into the thinking and learning in their disciplines.
Distinctively American: The Residential Liberal Arts Colleges by Koblik and Graubard. This book examines the American liberal arts college as an institution, from its role in the lives of students, to its value as a form of education. It explores the threats faced by liberal arts colleges as well as the transformative role, both positive and negative.
Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century America by Samuel Schuman. Schuman sketches the history and development of small liberal arts colleges and then focuses on their current conditions and future possibiblities. Administrators, faculty, and researchers will apprecitae the insight into institutional choices and their consequences. This is a book for anyone who shares the conviction that small colleges occupy a central place in American higher education.