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American Higher Education Transformed, 1940-2005: Documenting the National Discourse


reviewed by John Thelin & Christopher Miller — July 30, 2008

coverTitle: American Higher Education Transformed, 1940-2005: Documenting the National Discourse
Author(s): Wilson Smith and Thomas Bender (Eds.)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801886716, Pages: 523, Year: 2008
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Historians Wilson Smith and Thomas Bender have edited a remarkable anthology about a remarkable period in American higher education – namely, documents dealing with the period 1940 to 2005. Were one to have observed carefully the scope of colleges and universities prior to World War II and then revisited the scene early in the 21st century, the transformation would elicit awe and even admiration. The thematic pieces selected by the editors provide a detailed guide for what is higher education’s “Fantastic Voyage.” One temptation is to describe this 523 page volume as a sequel to American Higher Education: A Documentary History, the landmark 1961 two-volumes edited by the late Richard Hofstadter and, once again, Wilson Smith. On closer inspection the recent book is a markedly different kind of work. Whereas the 1961 anthology spans more than 400 years of documents about debates and developments, the 2008 American Higher Education Transformed, 1940-2005,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 30, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15325, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:43:14 PM

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  • John Thelin
    University of Kentucky
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    JOHN THELIN is University Research Professor at the University of Kentucky. His most recent book is A History of American Higher Education, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. In 2006 he received the university provost’s outstanding teaching award and also was selected for inclusion in the “Ivy at 50” biographical gallery of outstanding student-athletes at Ivy League member universities.
  • Christopher Miller
    University of Kentucky
    CHRISTOPHER MILLER is a graduate student and research assistant at the University of Kentucky, where he is a candidate for the Ph.D. in Higher Education and Educational Policy Studies.
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