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College: The Undergraduate Experience in America


reviewed by Gary Rhoades 1988

coverTitle: College: The Undergraduate Experience in America
Author(s): Ernest L. Boyer
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0060914580, Pages: , Year:
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With this book, Ernest Boyer joins in the clarion call to reform American undergraduate education. Riding the wave of concern for educational excellence, Boyer criticizes the “confusion” in American higher education, enumerating crucial components of a “college of quality.” Eight points of tension are identified and form the book’s organizing framework: transition from high school to college, goals and curriculum of education, priorities of the faculty, condition of teaching and learning, quality of campus life, governing the college, assessing the outcome, and the connection between the campus and the world. Like many conservative critics of the public schools, Boyer champions a private-education model, in his case the selective liberal arts college. If the precollegiate paragons are Catholic schools, however, Boyer’s preferred collegiate pattern lacks catholicity. There are occasional pleas for need-based student support and for recruiting underrepresented populations, but these are coupled with proposals that would systematically disadvantage the already disadvantaged.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 90 Number 1, 1988, p. 131-133
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 494, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 5:10:34 AM

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