American Higher Education: A History 2nd Edition Christopher J. Lucas, ISBN-13: 978-1403972897

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American Higher Education: A History 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Lucas, ISBN-13: 978-1403972897

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  • Publisher: ‎ Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd edition (April 2, 2006)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 410 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1403972893
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1403972897

The roots of controversy surrounding higher education in the US extend deep into the past. This original, incisive history goes far in offering a needed sense of perspective on current debates over such issues as access, costs, academic quality, social equity, and curricula. Eminently readable and always lively, this timely historical account is sure to be an invaluable resource for assessing the present condition and future prospects of American colleges and universities.

This book is written in four parts. Part I, “Historical Origins and Antecedents”, contains: (1) Higher Learning in Antiquity; (2) From Cathedral Church Schools to Universities; and (3) Post-Medieval Academe: Evolution and Estrangement. Part ii, “American Higher Education: The Formative Period”, contains: (4) The American Colonial and Antebellum College; and (5) The Evolving American University. Part iii, “American Higher Education: Maturation and Development”, contains: (6) American Academe in the Early Twentieth Century; and (7) Postwar Higher Learning in America. Part iv, “Contemporary Challenges and Issues”, contains: (8) Another Season of Discontent: The Critics; and (9) Epilogue: In Historical Retrospect. This book also includes: Acknowledgements; Introduction; Notes; Sources and References; and Index.

“Fills a gap in the literature of the history of higher education…valuable and useful?we should applaud and thank Lucas for having produced a text that many will find enlightening and highly useful?”–History of Education Quarterly

“With economy and clarity, Lucas illuminates current issues of higher education.”–Publishers Weekly

“Lucas’s book not only provides a solid history of American higher education but also an intriguing look at modern developments?Clearly written and fully documented, the book is a pleasure to read.”–Educational Studies

“The book does an admirable job of linking the developments of American
higher education with its European origins, more fully integrates marginalized groups than…many other earlier historians, and is compelling on the subject of curricular history….”–Harvard Educational Review

Christopher J. Lucas is Professor of Higher Education and Policy Studies, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He is the author of New Faculty (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).

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