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A History of American Higher Education


reviewed by Todd Ream — 2005

coverTitle: A History of American Higher Education
Author(s): John R. Thelin
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801878551, Pages: 421, Year: 2004
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Coming to terms with the history of higher education in the United States is no easy task. On one level, the obvious heterogeneous nature of the current set of institutions that comprise academe provides a formidable challenge. On another level, even at their point of origin, the oldest colleges in the country were far from homogeneous. The fact that the founding parents of these institutions were perhaps Anglicans, Baptists, Congregationalists, Jesuit Catholics, Presbyterians, or Quakers, to name only a few, affirms such a point. In his A History of American Higher Education, John R. Thelin argues that the best way for higher education officials to analyze today’s institutions is “to work with unwieldy sources and disparate materials in archives and files” (p. xviii). Despite the near limitless complexities of the history of higher education in the United States , he rightly believes working through the history of these institutions sheds light upon their current realities. As a result, while John Thelin’s... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1497-1500
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11408, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:07:11 AM

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  • Todd Ream
    Indiana Wesleyan University
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    TODD C. REAM is Director of the Center for Student Support Services at Indiana Wesleyan University. His research interests include moral development and the writings of John Henry Newman. He has authored forthcoming articles in journals including Christian Higher Education, Christian Scholar’s Review, Educational Philosophy and Theory, and New Blackfriars.
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