- Series: The ACE Series on Higher Education
- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0275982580
- ISBN-13: 978-0275982584
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,651,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lessons from the Edge: For-Profit and Nontraditional Higher Education in America (The ACE Series on Higher Education)
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The structure of the book lends itself to a variety of uses and users. Its straightforward, nontechnical style will appeal to the general reader, and its well-organized survey of higher eduation issues will prove useful to the student. A rather controversial topic, the subject of the book will be intriguing to faculty. Finally, the author's background as a university administrator contributes to his point of view and generates additional interest for higher education personnel. Berg's constructive attitude is refreshing. The message is that we can consider nontraditional providers of higher education, not as inferior competitors, but as unique institutions specializing in what traditional higher education providers are not yet able to deliver: truly universal access to postsecondary education. By learning from nontraditional schools, we can better our understanding of our current challenges. And by furthering our understanding, we can improve. (The Review of Higher Education)
About the Author
GARY A. BERG, Dean, California State University, Channel Islands, and author of four books, including ACE Higher Education Series book, Why Distance Learning?, and numerous articles on current issues in higher education.
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This book is not who's who of the for-profit university world. Instead, it talks about the mindset of the nontraditional university and explores why it succeeds. It also makes a call for the traditional university to rethink its mission.
I would recommend this book to people who want to get a good background understanding on nontraditional universities. These universities will not replace the traditional universities, but they will help us to be better educated and more productive.
The book is an evaluation of the foremost regionally-accredited, for-profit universities from an academic administrator who joined University of Phoenix faculty and taught online, during the course of his research. From a description of the beginnings of for-profit education in America to the challenges and future potential of the business of education, this book carefully explains the value of for-profit education to our society.
The profit motive for the illustrated institutions reflects a core focus that puts student success ahead of traditional concerns: rather than allowing the professorial cadre to manage these universities, responsibility is shared between faculty and administration, always keeping the students' best interests in mind.
This book should be in the personal library of all scholars' libraries.