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The Shaping of American Higher Education: Emergence and Growth of the Contemporary System


reviewed by John H. Schuh April 16, 2008

coverTitle: The Shaping of American Higher Education: Emergence and Growth of the Contemporary System
Author(s): Arthur M. Cohen
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787998265, Pages: 495, Year: 2007
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Professor Arthur Cohen’s history of higher education in the United States was released in hard cover in 1997 and subsequently has been published in paperback format. This history provides a comprehensive examination and analysis of the history of higher education in the US and differs substantially from other relatively recently published histories of higher education, including those of Lucas (1994) and Thelin (2004). Professor Cohen asserts, “The book is useful as an overview for practitioners in all areas of higher education who can benefit from knowledge of broad currents affecting their work” (p. ix). In that respect Professor Cohen is successful. This volume uses a different historical and organizational taxonomy than those used in other treatments of US higher education. Professor Cohen identifies five historical periods for his analysis: 1636-1789, 1790-1869, 1870-1944, 1945-1975, and 1976-1998. This approach differs from Roger Geiger’s ten generations of American Higher Education (1999) or the eight... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 16, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15214, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 12:28:31 PM

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  • John Schuh
    Iowa State University
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    JOHN H. SCHUH is Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University. Recent books include One Size Does Not Fit All (with Kathleen Manning and Jillian Kinzie [2006]), Student Success in College (with George D. Kuh, Jillian Kinzie and Elizabeth Whitt [2005]) and Assessing Conditions to Enhance Educational Effectiveness (with George D. Kuh, Jillian Kinzie and Elizabeth Whitt [2005]).
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