Higher Education and the American Dream
Marvin Lazerson (professor at the Central European University and the University of Pennsylvania) considers the successes of higher education in the USA and how this has also bred discontent. He traces the development of higher education from the last half of the twentieth century, and considers why the expansion occurred, how it became an industry, and the increasing role of education in job attainment, as well as problems like rising costs, debates about the economic worth of higher education, and the decline in its civic, moral, and intellectual purposes. He also discusses changes in governance to a more business-like model, the managerial imperatives colleges face, changes to curriculum and research, and reform.
Introduction: Houses, automobiles, and higher education
Part I The Gospel of Getting Ahead
Chapter 1 Building the dream (and worrying about it)
Chapter 2 Higher education as vocational education
Part II Governance and Managerial Dilemmas
Chapter 3 Who governs higher education?
Chapter 4 Managerial imperatives
Part III The Learning Conundrum
Chapter 5 Research, teaching, and undergraduate education
Chapter 6 A revolution in teaching and learning?
Part IV Making Things Better
Chapter 7 Why is higher education so hard to reform?