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A New Agenda for Higher Education: Shaping a Life of the Mind for Practice


reviewed by Sam J. Fugazzotto — August 25, 2008

coverTitle: A New Agenda for Higher Education: Shaping a Life of the Mind for Practice
Author(s): William M. Sullivan and Matthew S. Rosin
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0470257571, Pages: 272, Year: 2008
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Sullivan and Rosin’s A New Agenda for Higher Education advocates for reform of higher education starting with the teaching practices of individual faculty members. Two poles of knowledge structure the book’s discussion: the abstract/theoretical and the concrete or practical. Academe in its present state gravitates toward the former, while the public and employers in particular call on colleges and universities to develop students’ practical skills more fully. Using practical reasoning as a unifying concept, Sullivan and Rosin seek to bridge the gap between the abstract and the concrete. The book has its genesis in the “Life of the Mind for Practice” seminar, which met between September 2002 and December 2003 and received sponsorship from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The seminar began with the premise that the liberal arts and professions need each other. Although external constituent groups often see the liberal arts and sciences as impractical for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 25, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15351, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 7:06:17 PM

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  • Sam Fugazzotto
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    SAM J. FUGAZZOTTO is Associate Registrar at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds an M.S.Ed. from Northwestern University, and his interests include leadership and strategy issues in higher education.
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