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The great mistake : how we wrecked public universities and how we can fix them / Christopher Newfield.

Author:
Newfield, Christopher [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
  • ©2016
Description:
xiii, 430 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Series:
Critical university studies. [More in this series]
Summary note:
Higher education in America, still thought to be the world leader, is in crisis. University students are falling behind their international peers in attainment, while suffering from unprecedented student debt. For over a decade, the realm of American higher education has been wracked with self-doubt and mutual recrimination, with no clear solutions on the horizon. How did this happen? In this stunning new book, Christopher Newfield offers readers an in-depth analysis of the "great mistake" that led to the cycle of decline and dissolution, a mistake that impacts every public college and university in America. What might occur, he asserts, is no less than locked-in economic inequality and the fall of the middle class. In The Great Mistake, Newfield asks how we can fix higher education, given the damage done by private-sector models. The current accepted wisdom-that to succeed, universities should be more like businesses-is dead wrong.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-414) and index.
Contents:
Holding back public colleges -- The price of privatization -- The devolutionary cycle -- The university retreat from public goods -- Subsidizing the outside sponsors -- Large, regular tuition hikes -- The states cut public funding -- Increased student debt, college as burden -- Private vendors leverage public funds : the case of the MOOCs -- Unequal funding cuts attainment -- Universities build the post-middle class -- Reconstructing the public university.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9781421421629 ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
  • ((electronic))
  • 1421421623 ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
LCCN:
2016012781
OCLC:
947074818
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