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The road ahead for America's colleges and universities

Author: Robert B Archibald; David H Feldman
Publisher: New York, NY Oxford University Press [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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" The US higher education system is on the verge of a revolution, so some observers claim. Archibald and Feldman, leading analysts, provide an incisive overview of the challenges facing and possibilities for America's universities and colleges in their training future generations. And they demonstrate that our higher education system is resilient and adaptable enough to weather the internal, external, and
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert B Archibald; David H Feldman
ISBN: 9780190251918 0190251913
OCLC Number: 1011369250
Description: xii, 278 Seiten : Diagramme
Contents: Table of ContentsPart 1: Introduction1. The Rhetoric of Higher Education in Crisis2. The Diverse US Higher Education System3. The College BundlePart 2: Threats4. Internal Threat I - The Rising Costs of Higher Education5. Internal Threat II - Will Students Keep Coming6. Environmental Threat I - Stagnating Family Income7. Environmental Threat II - Public Disinvestment8. Technological Threat - The Online RevolutionPart 3: Summary and Policy 9. The Enduring Bundle10. The Evolutionary Future11. The Road Ahead - Policy OptionsReferences
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