College
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College

What It Was, Is, and Should Be - Updated Edition

Andrew Delbanco

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College

What It Was, Is, and Should Be - Updated Edition

Andrew Delbanco

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The strengths and failures of the American college, and why liberal education still matters As the commercialization of American higher education accelerates, more and more students are coming to college with the narrow aim of obtaining a preprofessional credential. The traditional four-year college experience—an exploratory time for students to discover their passions and test ideas and values with the help of teachers and peers—is in danger of becoming a thing of the past.In College, prominent cultural critic Andrew Delbanco offers a trenchant defense of such an education, and warns that it is becoming a privilege reserved for the relatively rich. In describing what a true college education should be, he demonstrates why making it available to as many young people as possible remains central to America's democratic promise.In a brisk and vivid historical narrative, Delbanco explains how the idea of college arose in the colonial period from the Puritan idea of the gathered church, how it struggled to survive in the nineteenth century in the shadow of the new research universities, and how, in the twentieth century, it slowly opened its doors to women, minorities, and students from low-income families. He describes the unique strengths of America's colleges in our era of globalization and, while recognizing the growing centrality of science, technology, and vocational subjects in the curriculum, he mounts a vigorous defense of a broadly humanistic education for all. Acknowledging the serious financial, intellectual, and ethical challenges that all colleges face today, Delbanco considers what is at stake in the urgent effort to protect these venerable institutions for future generations.In a new afterword, Delbanco responds to recent developments—both ominous and promising—in the changing landscape of higher education.

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Year
2014
ISBN
9781400866144
INDEX
abolitionist movement, 71, 96
Academic Duty (Kennedy), 141
academic freedom, 79, 80, 90, 141, 159
The Academic Revolution (Jencks and Riesman), 148
Adams, Abigail, 4
Adams, Henry, 5152, 70, 72
Adams, John, 28
admissions: acceptance rates, 117, 210n32; deceptive culture of, 117; early admissions programs, 120, 146; merit and, 126, 134, 139; need-blind, xviii, 111, 112; race-conscious, 55, 108, 214n17; wealth advantage in, 11819, 12124
affirmative action, 55, 108, 119; for the privileged, 105, 119
African-American students. See black students
age of matriculation, 45
All My Sons (Miller), 110
alumni children, 117, 119, 121, 211n36
American Association of University Professors (AAUP), 80
American Historical Association, 80
American Mathematical Society, 80
America’s world dominance: decline of higher education and, 26; in twentieth century, 108. See also globalization
Amherst College, 71, 122, 176
Animal House (film), 152
anti-Semitism, 43, 1056, 107, 113
Aristotle, 36
Arizona State University, 93
Arnold, Matthew, 33
Arrowsmith (Lewis), 9293
arts, 3, 99, 148
Ascham, Roger, 45
Asian American students, 113, 147, 21516n31
The Ask (Lipsyte), 18
athletics, 117, 121, 14547
Auchincloss, Louis, 131
Augustine, 40, 51, 52, 60, 90, 101
Avenue Q, 152
Bacow, Lawrence, 140
Bakke case, 55
Baltzell, E. Digby, 13334
Bard College, 173
Barnard, Frederick, 41
Bartlett, William Francis, 137
Bauer, Nancy, 194n18
Bayh-Dole Act, 14142, 158
Baylor University, 57
Beard, Charles, 80
Bennington College, 55
Berea College, 122
The Big Chill (film), 152
black students: admissions policies benefiting, 1078; at historically black colleges, 22, 108, 122; Ivy League schools and, 106, 107, 130; nineteenth-century b...

Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication Page
  5. Contents
  6. Preface to the Paperback Edition
  7. Preface
  8. Introduction
  9. One: What Is College For?
  10. Two: Origins
  11. Three: From College to University
  12. Four: Who Went? Who Goes? Who Pays?
  13. Five: Brave New World
  14. Six: What Is to Be Done?
  15. Afterword to the New Paperback Edition
  16. Acknowledgments
  17. Notes
  18. Index