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Excellence Without a Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education

reviewed by Vicki J. Rosser - March 05, 2007

coverTitle: Excellence Without a Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education
Author(s): Harry R. Lewis
Publisher: Public Affairs Publishing, New York
ISBN: 1586483935 , Pages: 305, Year: 2006
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The essential purpose of an undergraduate education has been the subject of much debate, discussion, and conflict among scholars, students, and our public. Throughout the history of higher education, educators have constantly struggled to define what it means to be an educated person. Other words, what are the intellectual and human experiences we want our students to take away with them when they leave the academy? More specifically, and as Lewis notes, how can we “help [our students] to grow up, to learn who they are, to search for a larger purpose for their lives, and to leave college as better human beings” (p. xii)? Excellence Without a Soul is an impassioned and thought-provoking examination of the many issues (e.g., curriculum, advising, grade inflation, athletics, meritocracy, citizenship, morality, money) that are confronting higher education and our educational souls. The book is divided into nine chapters that focus on an array of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 05, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13714, Date Accessed: 4/18/2021 2:15:07 AM

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  • Vicki Rosser
    University of Missouri-Columbia
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    VICKI J. ROSSER is an Associate Professor of higher education in the department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She serves as the 2007 program chair and secretary to the Executive Council for Postsecondary Division J of the American Education Research Association. She is also the 2007 program chair for the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Rosser has served as vice president of the graduate faculty senate and secretary to the college of education‘s policy committee. She has two primary lines of inquiry: 1) the academic work of U.S. faculty and administrative staff members, and 2) dean leadership and academic governance.
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