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Author Francis, Philip H, author

Title Reconstructing alma mater : the coming crisis in higher education, a blueprint for reform / Philip H Francis
Published New York : Algora Publishing, 2007
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Contents Chapter I: The Beginnings and the Journey -- 1. The Audience and the Message -- 2. About this Book -- Chapter II : Laying the Foundation for Tomorrow┬┐s Higher Education Systems -- 1. A Short History of the Structure of our Colleges and Universities -- 2. Government's Early Role in Proliferating U.S. Higher Education: a Briefing -- 3. The Distinctive and Changing Culture of the Modern University -- 4. Creating Knowledge Workers -- Chapter III : Beginnings of the New Transformation -- 1. The Input Side: K-12 Education -- 2. Accreditation of Colleges and Universities -- 3. The Structure of our Colleges and Universities -- 4. Admissions: Gatekeepers, Diversity and Affirmative Action -- 5. The Learning Environment -- 6. Pedagogy: Measuring Educational Outcomes -- Chapter IV: Technology's Transformational Role in Higher Education -- 1. Forces of Change: Demographics and Accelerating Knowledge -- 2. Technology: Conventional, Distance and Internet-based Learning -- 3. Business Information & Library Systems -- 4. Managing and Reigning in Technology Costs -- 5. Benchmarking -- 6. Intellectual Property -- Chapter V: The New Business of Higher Education -- 1. Core Academic Values: Leadership, Academic Policy, Ethics and Branding -- 2. Universities Emulating Business -- 3. The Cost Structure and Economics of Higher Education -- 4. Tenure and Collective Bargaining -- Chapter VI: Getting the Most, while Managing Costs -- 1. Teaching and Learning: Are Students Really Getting what they Need? -- 2. Social and Economic Trends in Higher Education -- 3. Measuring Educational Outcomes -- 4. Learning by Degrees
Summary Higher education is in the early stages of a major transformation. Rapid changes in finance, demographics, technology, the marketplace, and the political environment are driving the need for new forms of lifelong and distance learning, new forms of institutional management, and new understandings of even the way we best learn individually. The author, an educator, business executive and consultant, analyzes the challenges facing educational institutions including accreditation, admissions, finance, pedagogy, tenure, technology, ethics, leadership, management and branding. The book briefly summarizes the evolution of the modern college/university system since the establishment of Harvard College in 1636. This leads to a discussion of the mission and cultures of the modern university. In ensuing chapters the author outlines the critical challenges and needs ahead for American colleges and universities: their missions, cost structures, vulnerabilities, and how they dispense education. The book examines the cultural, economic and technologic dimensions that are driving substantial changes in the educational experience for students of all ages and how it is being reinterpreted for the years ahead. The basic educational foundations of academic freedom, the pros and cons of tenure and collective bargaining, the implications of technological advances for new kinds of education programs and the advent of for-profit institutions are discussed. This re-examination of the higher educational system sets the scene for a vision of what higher education will look like in the years ahead.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Education, Higher -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Education, Higher -- United States -- Forecasting.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780875864600