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Higher education in America

Author: Derek Curtis Bok
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Curtis Bok
ISBN: 9780691159140 0691159149
OCLC Number: 840582140
Description: x, 479 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I. The context. The American system of higher education --
Purposes, goals, and limits to growth --
The governance of nonprofit universities. II. Undergraduate education. Going to college and earning a degree --
Paying for college : the challenge for policy-makers and academic leaders --
Entering the right college --
The expanding audience for higher education --
What to learn --
How to teach --
Prospects for reform --
Graduate education. III. Professional education. Medical schools --
Law schools --
Business schools. IV. Research. "Publish or perish" --
The changing nature of scientific research --
The environment for research. V. A final reckoning. Matters of genuine concern --
The last word.
Responsibility: Derek Bok.


Offering a survey and evaluation of American higher education as a whole, this book provides a basis for a public discussion about what the system is doing right, what it needs to do better, and how  Read more...
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"Magisterial."--Stanley Fish, New York Times "A detailed progress report on the challenges and opportunities facing our nation's colleges and universities... Competition among schools produces Read more...

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