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The Resource A perfect mess : the unlikely ascendancy of American higher education, David F. Labaree

A perfect mess : the unlikely ascendancy of American higher education, David F. Labaree

Label
A perfect mess : the unlikely ascendancy of American higher education
Title
A perfect mess
Title remainder
the unlikely ascendancy of American higher education
Statement of responsibility
David F. Labaree
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Read the news about America's colleges and universities - rising student debt, affirmative action debates, and conflicts between faculty and administrators - and it's clear that higher education in this country is a total mess. But as David F. Labaree reminds us in this book, it's always been that way. And that's exactly why it has become the most successful and sought-after source of learning in the world. Detailing American higher education's unusual struggle for survival in a free market that never guaranteed its place in society - a fact that seemed to doom it in its early days in the nineteenth century - he tells a lively story of the entrepreneurial spirit that drove American higher education to become the best. And the best it is: today America's universities and colleges produce the most scholarship, earn the most Nobel prizes, hold the largest endowments, and attract the most esteemed students and scholars from around the world. But this was not an inevitability. Weakly funded by the state, American schools in their early years had to rely on student tuition and alumni donations in order to survive.This gave them tremendous autonomy to seek out sources of financial support and pursue unconventional opportunities to ensure their success. As Labaree shows, by striving as much as possible to meet social needs and fulfill individual ambitions, they developed a broad base of political and financial support that, grounded by large undergraduate programs, allowed for the most cutting-edge research and advanced graduate study ever conducted
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Labaree, David F.
Dewey number
378.73
Index
index present
LC call number
LA226
LC item number
.L32 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
Label
A perfect mess : the unlikely ascendancy of American higher education, David F. Labaree
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A system without a plan -- Elements of the American model of higher education -- Unpromising roots -- The ragtag college system in the nineteenth century -- Adding the pinnacle and keeping the base -- The graduate school crowns the system, 1880 -- 1910 -- Mutual subversion -- The liberal and the professional -- Balancing access and advantage -- Private advantage, public impact -- Learning to love the bomb -- America's brief cold war fling with the university as a public good -- Upstairs, downstairs -- Relations between the tiers of the system -- A perfect mess
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
222 pages
Isbn
9780226250441
Lccn
2016035743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocn956775397
  • (OCoLC)956775397
  • 2038738
Label
A perfect mess : the unlikely ascendancy of American higher education, David F. Labaree
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A system without a plan -- Elements of the American model of higher education -- Unpromising roots -- The ragtag college system in the nineteenth century -- Adding the pinnacle and keeping the base -- The graduate school crowns the system, 1880 -- 1910 -- Mutual subversion -- The liberal and the professional -- Balancing access and advantage -- Private advantage, public impact -- Learning to love the bomb -- America's brief cold war fling with the university as a public good -- Upstairs, downstairs -- Relations between the tiers of the system -- A perfect mess
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
222 pages
Isbn
9780226250441
Lccn
2016035743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocn956775397
  • (OCoLC)956775397
  • 2038738

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