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Checklist for change : making American higher education a sustainable enterprise

Author: Robert Zemsky
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2013]
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Almost every day American higher education is making news with a list of problems that includes the incoherent nature of the curriculum, the resistance of the faculty to change, and the influential role of the federal government both through major investments in student aid and intrusive policies. Checklist for Change not only diagnoses these problems, but also provides constructive recommendations for practical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Zemsky
ISBN: 9780813561349 0813561345 0813561353 9780813561356
OCLC Number: 819631690
Description: x, 243 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Trapped in an Ecclesiastes moment --
A faculty encamped just north of Armageddon --
A federalized market with little incentive to change --
A regulatory quagmire --
A troublesome fractiousness --
A disruptive lexicon --
A different footprint --
A liberal arts conundrum --
A new peace treaty --
A stronger faculty voice --
A competent curriculum --
A federal commitment to fix, fund, and facilitate.
Responsibility: Robert Zemsky.

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Almost every day American higher education is making news with a list of problems that includes the incoherent nature of the curriculum, the resistance of the faculty to change, and the influential role of the federal government both through major investments in student aid and intrusive policies. Checklist for Change not only diagnoses these problems, but also provides constructive recommendations for practical change. Robert Zemsky details the complications that have impeded every credible reform intended to change American higher education. He demythologizes such initiatives as the Morrill Act, the GI Bill, and the Higher Education Act of 1972, shedding new light on their origins and the ways they have shaped higher education in unanticipated and not commonly understood ways. Next, he addresses overly simplistic arguments about the causes of the problems we face and builds a convincing argument that well-intentioned actions have combined to create the current mess for which everyone is to blame. Using provocative case studies, Zemsky describes the reforms being implemented at a few institutions with the hope that these might serve as harbingers of the kinds of change needed: the University of Minnesota at Rochester's compact curriculum in the health sciences only, Whittier College's emphasis on learning outcomes, and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's coherent overall curriculum.

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"This book is a breakthrough contribution. Zemsky tells us to stop making the same old, unproductive arguments yet again, and to take a set of actions which, in combination, will help us create a Read more...

 
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