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American Higher Education: A History (2nd Ed.)

reviewed by Andrea Walton - April 09, 2007

coverTitle: American Higher Education: A History (2nd Ed.)
Author(s): Christopher J. Lucas
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403972893 , Pages: 416, Year: 2006
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Appearing in its second edition, Christopher Lucas’s American Higher Education: A History remains an accessible, straightforward, and useful narrative exploring the rise and development of colleges and universities in the United States as well as contemporary policy issues facing the academy. Lucas’s approach is traditional in both its source material and framework; drawing from well known institutional histories and biographies for “quotable quotes” and using the concepts of emergence, evolution, and maturation to craft the story of how higher education changed over time (p. xi). A distinguishing feature is the text’s exceptionally broad scope. The discussion begins with a view of efforts to institutionalize instruction in the ancient world (discussing, for example, the Examination text A used by the Babylonians, circa 1720-1625 B.C., and the tablet house introduced by Mesopotamians) and ends with a thoughtful consideration of current debates, such as the pressures of politicization and commercialization in higher education... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 09, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14148, Date Accessed: 9/24/2021 2:20:28 AM

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  • Andrea Walton
    Indiana University at Bloomington
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    ANDREA WALTON is an Associate Professor at Indiana University at Bloomington, where she teaches in the Higher Education and History of Education programs. Professor Walton's recent works include an edited volume Women and Philanthropy in Education and a forthcoming reader on philanthropy, volunteerism, and fundraising. She is currently working on two projects, A History of Philanthropy in Higher Education and The History of Barnard College.
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