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Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 31, 2010
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“Mark Taylor—a deeply original scholar and nationally celebrated teacher—sees American higher education as a bubble about to burst. For your students’ sake, your teachers’ sake, your childrens’ sake, and your country’s sake, read this book while there is still time.”
“Sure to provoke heated debate, this book convincingly tells us what we don’t want to hear: our colleges and universities are no longer sustainable—either financially or programmatically. Mark Taylor provocatively calls for big changes, both in how we use technology to help deliver educational services and in the role of professors. We should pay attention, or we will pay an enormous price.”
-Joel Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education
“One of the jobs of a public intellectual is to warn us when he sees a fast-approaching freight train bearing down on us. In Crisis on Campus, Mark Taylor does that and much more. He offers specific and often radical suggestions about how to make higher education more fulfilling for students and more relevant to the networked world of the 21st century.”
“This is a book that needed to be written and one that must be read. Mark Taylor not only reveals an unclothed emperor; he also provides guidance to those of us who would properly serve as weavers. The only thing better than reading this book would be to have written it.”
-E. Gordon Gee, President of the Ohio State University
“Feisty . . . Measured in tone but devastating.”
-Christopher Shea, The New York Times Book Review
“Provocative . . . Cogent . . . Taylor has written a manifesto informed by his experience and dedication to innovative higher education, and he has pointed us to fundamental problems that must be addressed. We should be grateful.”
-Michael S. Roth, The Los Angeles Times
“At heart, Taylor has an old-fashioned sense of what it takes for students to become good writers and good thinkers: for starters, a lot of practice at writing and thinking . . . Technology can’t make a better curriculum: that will have to come from reformers who, like Taylor, have not forgotten the value of good thinking, good writing and a well-argued essay.”
-Naomi Schaefer Riley, The Wall Street Journal
“Taylor demonstrates an exuberant willingness to take on academic conventions . . . His innovative proposals will generate thoughtful, occasionally angry responses from academic leaders and interested laypeople alike. Serious, challenging, and well-written.”
“Taylor’s tone is neither whimsical nor utopian . . . He writes with urgency and conviction . . . Highly provocative and certain to stimulate.”
“His radical proposals notwithstanding, Taylor’s dedication to scholarship and his concern for students is profound.”
“Taylor argues passionately for more open ideas on what is valuable to learn, in what format and through what methods, for a generation raised on the Internet and iPods.”
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Concise: 221 small pages with big font.
Provocative: Big ideas and insightful critiques of the higher ed labor market, curriculum, organizational structure etc.
Passionate: Taylor is passionate about teaching and learning, and believes that institutions of higher learning must evolve and reform to continue to thrive.
Solutions: Proposed solutions, beyond dismantling tenure (for the non-tenured) do not address fundamental issues of cost and access.
Ahistorical: The current state of higher ed is not placed within an historical context, making analysis of issues and problems less informative.
Economics: The economic aspects of higher ed are not analyzed. Chapter on tuition focusses on "sticker" price, not accounting for true costs of tuition.
Book Club: Great book to a campus book club - will get lots of discussion.
Speaker: I bet Taylor would make a great speaker on campus.
Readable: Book is short and an easy read - good chance that people will read for a discussion.
Elite Bias: Taylor seems to be writing primarily for institutions similar to where he has taught (Williams, Columbia) - failing to address the state of community colleges and other Institutions
For-Profits Excluded: Limited discussion of the role of for-profits in the educational landscape.
Limited Examples: 'Crisis on Campus' would have benefited from more examples of innovative institutions, programs, and leaders in higher education.
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By coincidence, at the time I was finishing the book, the 09/20/2010 edition of Newsweek arrived with an article titled "The trouble with going global". The NYU venture in Abu Dhabi campus does not get favorable reviews. Harassment of human-rights activists is mentioned.Read more ›
The financial condition of 114 privates failed to meet DOE guidelines in 2009, but readers are left guessing what those guidelines emphasize or require. Harvard's debt was $6 billion that same year - so what, its endowment is much, much larger. Public university tax support is now less than 10% for many - how many, and what was the average prior level of support? Twelve percent of mail carriers have college degrees - ridiculous, but he doesn't cite other courses reporting that only 51% of graduates take jobs requiring a degree, down from 59% in 2000.Read more ›
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A must-read book!!! -- if you want to see the latest plans for higher education of the globalist think-tanks... Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by John Russey
The book is an interesting discussion of needed college reforms. It has thought provoking ideas for every college instructor and administrator.Published on December 28, 2012 by KD
If you have kids or a kid who wants a higher education, know the facts.
Tenure is virtually already dead. Read more
"Crisis on Campus" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. Professor Taylor's book interview ran here as the cover feature on October 11, 2010.Published on October 11, 2010 by ROROTOKO
Mark Taylor has no hidden agenda -- he wants what is best for the future of our youth, our educational system, and our economy. Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Sheryl Dawson