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The Future of Higher Education: Rhetoric, Reality and the Risks of the Market


reviewed by David Allyn — 2005

coverTitle: The Future of Higher Education: Rhetoric, Reality and the Risks of the Market
Author(s): Frank Newman, Lara Couturier, Jamie Scurie
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787969729, Pages: 284, Year: 2004
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Sometimes I fear for higher education in America, private and public. Leaders and faculty members of private colleges often sound woefully out of touch with—and coldly indifferent to—the day-to-day concerns and economic anxieties of parents and students. College students, who, unlike their professors, do not have tenured jobs, spend their undergraduate years hoping and praying that it will all pay off come graduation. Yet many administrators and faculty members at elite liberal arts schools speak as if the only students who truly mattered were the ones who would gladly shell out $100,000 for the pure privilege of learning for learning’s sake (even if that means taking classes with professors who don’t want—or know how—to teach). Students who worry about their grades, who major in subjects that might have practical advantages after college, or who question the value of a liberal arts education in a market-oriented economy are looked upon as... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1488-1494
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11782, Date Accessed: 5/29/2017 7:34:34 AM

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  • David Allyn
    New Jersey SEEDS
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    DAVID ALLYN, Ph.D. is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Harvard University and is currently the Associate Director of Special Projects for New Jersey SEEDS, a nonprofit educational organization serving high-achieving, low-income students.
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