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The Parsons College Bubble: A Tale of Higher Education In America


reviewed by William M.Birenbaum — 1971

coverTitle: The Parsons College Bubble: A Tale of Higher Education In America
Author(s): James D. Koerner
Publisher: Basic Books, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 256, Year: 1970
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Among the academics the Parsons College affair is usually written off as an horrendous example of what they and their institutions are not and would never be. But the bubble Millard Roberts and his colleagues produced out there in the Iowa cornfields was in many ways a more beautiful and transparent thing to behold than the opaque blobs produced by some of the profession's more distinguished pipe-blowers. Unpretentious in its purposes, this book is among the most interesting commentaries on American higher education I've come across lately. Besides that, it is well-written—a rarity among such books. Laymen will understand its message, an inducement for the professionals to read it. As a leader of academic men and causes during the period of 1955 to 1967, President Roberts left something to be desired. He combined a crude entrepreneurial spirit with some of the more sophisticated techniques of the lowbrow, populist evangelist—a type not unknown in the great American Bible-belt or in faculty meetings here and there. Nonetheless, his methods and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 3, 1971, p. 455-457
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1706, Date Accessed: 11/17/2018 7:09:28 PM

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    Staten Island Community College

 
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