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American Higher Education, Second Edition: A History
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2000
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Lucas provides a brief overview of highlights in American college history but he fails to go into enough depth on most topics. There are a number of minor irritations as well, such as the inaccurate index. Three excellent texts to consider instead are: "The American College and University, A History" by Frederick Rudolph; "Higher Education in Transition, A History of American Colleges and Universities" by Brubacher and Rudy; and the two volume collection "American Higher Education, A Documentary History" edited by Hofstadter and Smith.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2006
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If you have to own *one* history of higher ed. book, then this one is probably it. It is comprehensive and - despite the fact the author is a tenured professor - is readable. I think it is also better than another recent of history of higher ed. text by Thelin, which focuses mostly on the 30 or 40 most selective universities, paying little attention to the institutions that educate the vast majority of the rest of us.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2000
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I used this book as one of the required textbooks in a graduate course on the history of higher education. The book does a good job of providing background beginning with the earliest recorded evidence of higher education through the late 20th century. As a class text, I found the book to be very useful for the generation of discussion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2010
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This is a shockingly easy to read text book that provides a comprehensive survey of the history of higher education in the US. This is ideal for covering a lot of information in a short amount of time and with that comes the pitfalls of not going into too much depth. Despite this, I found it highly enjoyable to read, gave plenty of great information, and provided the information at a good pace to keep the reader engaged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2009
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A very well written history of American higher education. It is particularly suited for those new to the field who want a readable history to help put into context the current status of American higher education.
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on November 27, 2008
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This book was a journey through the origins of higher education. It makes sense looking at where we are today, and what directions we still need to go. Great book for every educator...
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on July 20, 2007
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I need this book for a class I am taking and it has been great so far.

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on January 12, 2015
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Good history of American education.
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on October 23, 2014
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a must for higher education majors.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2012
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The author, based on his background, is an education major attempting to be an historian. Amazingly, he proves himself incompetent in both fields. From his hilarious look at the ancient world (my major was history, concentration on the classics, at Rutgers) to his opinionated analysis of the 1960s, Dr. Lucas presents a hodgepodge of factoids, rarely well linked, and with little attempt whatsoever to connect outside the world of academia. I envision him sitting in an office, surrounded by stacks of index cards, grabbing one fact, one name after another and slinging them together. The book is not popular in format, as its turgid prose and overwhelming collection of factoids would scare off the average reader, but also lacks the proper documentation one expects of a scholarly work. I scratched my head and wondered, "What is evidence?" over and over.
Finally, the entire work is clearly influenced by the author's bias. He supports a liberal education based on classical traditions; that much is obvious. He is completely, and explicitly, Eurocentric in his approach.
Before this was written, there was a need for an accessible but scholarly, single-volume account of American higher education. Following its publication, there was still that need.
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