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Remaking the American University: Market-Smart and Mission-Centered


reviewed by Greg Downey April 05, 2006

coverTitle: Remaking the American University: Market-Smart and Mission-Centered
Author(s): Robert Zemsky, Gregory R. Wegner, and William F. Massy
Publisher: Rutgers University Press, Piscataway
ISBN: 0813536243, Pages: 231, Year: 2005
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In a tense environment of state budget cuts, anti-intellectual attacks on rationality, and partisan debates over “Academic Bills of Rights,” Remaking the American University is a timely and engaging book. Zemsky, Wegner, and Massy have been thinking long and hard about ways of sustaining, rebuilding, and even reinventing the American university—since the late 1980s when many of the ideas in this book were first proposed and debated in their journal Policy Perspectives.1 This book is a synthesis of these efforts, a wide-ranging snapshot of the state of the U.S. higher education as it enters the 21st century, covering everything from the electronic “delivery” of education online to mass-media college sports to racial, ethnic, and economic diversity on campus. It is also a snapshot that comes squarely from the administrator’s point of view, as opposed to those of college and university faculty and staff (who work in an increasingly contingent and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 05, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12374, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 6:19:56 AM

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  • Greg Downey
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
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    GREG DOWNEY is an assistant professor in both the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Telegraph messenger boys: Labor, technology, and geography, 1850-1950 (Routledge, 2002). His latest work is tentatively titled From court reporters to closed captioners: The hidden technology and labor of subtitling and stenography in translating speech into text (The Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming).
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