A Perfect Mess: The Unlikely Ascendancy of American Higher Education

A Perfect Mess: The Unlikely Ascendancy of American Higher Education Author David F. Labaree
ISBN-10 022625044X
ISBN-13 9780226250441
Year 2017-04-21
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
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Read the news about Americas colleges and universitiesrising student debt affirmative action debates and conflicts between faculty and administratorsand its clear that higher education in this country is a total mess But as David F Labaree reminds us in this book its always been that way And thats exactly why it has become the most successful and sought after source of learning in the world Detailing American higher educations unusual struggle for survival in a free market that never guaranteed its place in societya fact that seemed to doom it in its early days in the nineteenth centuryhe tells a lively story of the entrepreneurial spirit that drove American higher education to become the best And the best it is today Americas universities and colleges produce the most scholarship earn the most Nobel prizes hold the largest endowments and attract the most esteemed students and scholars from around the world But this was not an inevitability Weakly funded by the state American schools in their early years had to rely on student tuition and alumni donations in order to survive This gave them tremendous autonomy to seek out sources of financial support and pursue unconventional opportunities to ensure their success As Labaree shows by striving as much as possible to meet social needs and fulfill individual ambitions they developed a broad base of political and financial support that grounded by large undergraduate programs allowed for the most cutting edge research and advanced graduate study ever conducted As a result American higher education eventually managed to combine a unique mix of the populist the practical and the elite in a single complex system The answers to todays problems in higher education are not easy but as this book shows they shouldnt be no single person or institution can determine higher educations future It is something that faculty administrators and studentsadapting to societys needswill determine together just as they have always done

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A Perfect Mess

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Release 2017-04-21
Pages 240

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ISBN-10 9780226250441
Release 2017-04-21
Pages 230

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