- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (March 15, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312129459
- ISBN-13: 978-0312129453
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,177,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American Higher Education: A History
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From Publishers Weekly
With economy and clarity, Lucas, professor of education at the University of Arkansas, limns the antecedents of the American college and university system. Proceeding from an examination of the Western cultural heritage to today's higher educational establishments, which he characterizes as unchecked sprawl, overlapping missions and amorphous identities, Lucas avoids contrasting the "untidy" present with a purportedly idyllic past. Instead, he shows that contemporary academic issues often have ancient lineage: town-and-gown antagonism, secret societies, grade inflation. Written for the general reader, this study illuminates current issues of higher education.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Lucas (education, Univ. of Arkansas) touches upon many of the current debates in the academic world and shows how these controversies are really not new. One might believe that the early academics were solely seekers of knowledge, but the author discovers that "students in all times have pursued higher learning for a great variety of reasons, that their motives have been mixed, not pure." Lucas then explores other common misconceptions about higher education. The title is misleading as the first third of the text discusses the beginnings of education through the rise of the medieval university while the remainder documents the growth and development of American academe, including current issues such as gender and multiculturalism. Recommended for academic libraries.
Samuel T. Huang, Northern Illinois Univ. Libs., DeKalb
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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