This book will provoke debate. Presidents and trustees would do well to ponder the set of 10 rules for the 21st century set out in the final chapter. They seem pretty smart to me. Survival may well depend upon it.
Charles Middleton (Times Higher Education)
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DeMillo believes that the leaders of the "universities in the middle" in the US are often too inward-looking, set in their ways and inclined to romanticise their weaknesses.
Their UK equivalents might be well advised to sit up and take notice.
Matthew Reisz (Times Higher Education)
Best of the "Higher Ed Must Change" Books? In the last few years, there have been quite a few books advancing the idea that higher education is on the brink of revolutionary change, and I think DeMillo's is the most persuasive among them. George Leef
(National Review Online)
"Both those who welcome and those (like me) who view with alarm the linking of undergraduate education to student career goals should read this wide-ranging and deeply informed analysis of the issues." -- Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Humanities and Law, Florida International University, New York Times columnist, author of How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One
"This thoroughly engaging book provides a view of higher education that is future-oriented and technology-savvy yet rooted in the sweeping historical pageant of the world's universities. It brings more than a little tough love to our sometimes self-satisfied American research universities while acknowledging and encouraging boldness in facing today's challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities. It is a unique volume and should be read by all who care about the future of higher education." -- Charles M. Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering, and President Emeritus, MIT
"Using a plethora of examples, quotes from intellectuals, and his own analysis and experience, DeMillo beautifully and forcefully argues for change. University administrators, including the Presidents, Provosts, and the Deans, will find this book an asset as they consider curricular and structural changes in the face of the immense popularity of the Internet." -- Aditya P. Mathur, Professor of Computer Science, Purdue University
"This book will provoke debate." -- Charles R. Middleton, Times Higher Education
From the Author
When academics get together to talk about the future, they talk mainly to each other, but the American system of higher education has many more stakeholders than that. Over the course of months, the intended audience for what was now clearly becoming a book manuscript shifted noticeably from my academic colleagues to a more general readership--parents, students, taxpayers, elected officials, employers, decision makers at all levels--citizens who have a stake in what happens to the nation's colleges and universities and want to be informed about the forces shaping their future.
This book is intended to reach the many stakeholders in America's higher education system who are outside the academy, who are not involved in higher education on a daily basis, and whose voices are seldom heard from within. It is not a book of secrets, but I suspect that many readers will be surprised by what they read here. Some of my colleagues will be shocked that the curtain has been parted, but many more will welcome the daylight.I resisted the temptation to write a business book for universities, although I have tried to identify the milestones that should be on any roadmap for change. I have no recipes for success. Beyond the Rules for the Twenty-First Century inchapter 20, there are no concise chapter summaries that can be transcribed to executive briefings. This book should be read like a novel. Each chapter reveals a little more about the forces shaping our institutions, the character of American higher education, and why some universities make good choices while others do not.
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