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What Is College For? The Public Purpose of Higher Education Paperback – November 18, 2011
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“In the face of much handwringing over higher education in America today, this eclectic set of essays offers an engaging call to sustain core values."
―Karen Arenson, former New York Times reporter and editor
“ What Is College For? makes a powerful, compelling case for the civic purpose of higher education and provides sensible strategies for renewing and strengthening that purpose. At a time when education for profit often undermines education for the public good, Lagemann and Lewis have made a much-needed contribution to our understanding, as well as our ability to work effectively to fulfill the democratic mission of America’s colleges and universities.”
―Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President and Director,
Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
“A distinguished group of scholars offers wise, crisp, and occasionally heretical analyses of an often-ignored question: Why is the quality and direction of higher education a matter of public purpose that demands public examination? Lagemann and Lewis offer us a combination of exposition and provocation that is required reading for educators unafraid of asking ‘Why’.” ―Lee S. Shulman, President Emeritus, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus, Stanford University
About the Author
Ellen Condliffe Lagemann is the Levy Institute Research Professor at Bard College, a senior scholar at the Levy Economics Institute, and a senior fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative. Harry Lewis is Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Harvard University.