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American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: Social, Political, and Economic Challenges, 2nd edition


reviewed by Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur — 2006

coverTitle: American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: Social, Political, and Economic Challenges, 2nd edition
Author(s): Philip G. Altbach, Robert O. Berdahl, Patricia J. Gumport (Eds.)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801880351, Pages: 558, Year: 2005
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Altbach, Berdahl, and Gumport begin their edited tome on the current state and future challenges of higher education in the United States with an introduction that teases the reader by suggesting how a system of coordination could finally strike a balance between the goals of accountability and autonomy. But the book does not quite live up to the promise it begins with. It falls short as a scholarly work full of fresh insights and new ideas; and rather than a practical manual for educational visionaries and administrators to achieve their goals, American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century stands as a strong reference for those working in higher education research or as a useful text for those being introduced to the study of higher education for the first time. Although individual articles stand well on their own, this book suffers from an insufficient integration of its parts. Besides a brief mention... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 40-44
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12113, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 3:17:02 AM

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  • Mikaila Lemonik Arthur
    New York University
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    MIKAILA MARIEL LEMONIK ARTHUR is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at New York University. Her dissertation research concerns the role of students in the emergence of interdisciplinary programs in Asian American studies, women’s studies, and queer/LGBT studies in American institutions of higher education.
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