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Higher Education at a Crossroads


reviewed by Erik C. Ness August 25, 2008

coverTitle: Higher Education at a Crossroads
Author(s): Paul Geisler
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820479144, Pages: 254, Year: 2006
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Despite its somewhat benign title, Paul Geisler’s Higher Education at a Crossroads rather boldly contends that universities have, like the blues musician Robert Johnson, “sold their souls” not only through their commercialization and commodification, but also through their adherence to rigid and restrictive disciplinary norms. This timely book draws upon recent postmodern and poststructuralist discourses on education and epistemology and, as such, will be of interest to like-minded students and scholars and others skeptical of the corporate and “closed-space” influences on the college curriculum. After a brief introduction outlining the key concepts and general direction of the book, the first chapter provides a narrative account of Geisler’s higher education experience, from an unfulfilling undergraduate experience to a career change that brought him back to the academy to teach in his discipline, athletic training. During this re-entry to university life, Geisler’s reflection on his role as a teacher and scholar and his... (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: 15352, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 3:57:33 PM

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  • Erik Ness
    University of Pittsburgh
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    ERIK C. NESS is an assistant professor in the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies and coordinator of the Higher Education Management program at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include the politics of higher education, the public policy process, student financial aid, and the finance and governance of higher education systems. His recent publications, including Merit Aid and the Politics of Education (Routledge, 2008), examine the policy process of state merit scholarship program adoption and the effects of merit aid criteria on students under-represented in postsecondary education.
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