Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiii

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ONE: The Ingredients of the New Society

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pp. 1-65

On October 16, 1959, a thirty-seven-year-old scholar of early American history delivered a paper that stunned the twenty-one other noted scholars who had gathered for the Conference on Early American Education at Williamsburg, Virginia. The historian was Bernard Bailyn of Harvard, and his paper was subsequently published, along with a superlative...

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TWO: Education’s Response to the New Society

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pp. 66-87

It now seems clear that American society has been undergoing major changes in the past half century and has experienced at least four huge transformations since the 1970s, which may allow us to assert that there is now a new America. Thus, the harsher critics of higher education have a point. But have the nation’s academic institutions largely failed to...

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THREE: What’s Next for America’s Colleges and Universities?

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pp. 88-109

Many, if not most, of America’s nearly four thousand colleges and universities have taken steps to react to the four formidable alterations in U.S. society since the 1970s. Contrary to some of the accusations, U.S. higher education has changed considerably in the past three decades. Institutions have improved their admissions and financial aid...

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FOUR: Remodeling the Kingpin

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pp. 110-131

Nothing is harder, as Niccoló Machiavelli and numerous other keen observers have pointed out, than initiating a new order of things. Restructuring is always extremely difficult. In the field of higher learning, it seems nearly impossible. Yet it was done in higher education a century ago, and today’s radically new conditions, societal transformations...

Notes

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pp. 133-151

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 153-180

Index

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pp. 181-188