The Review of Higher Education

The Review of Higher Education
Volume 29, Number 4, Summer 2006

CONTENTS

    Pike, Gary R.
    Kuh, George D.
  • Relationships among Structural Diversity, Informal Peer Interactions and Perceptions of the Campus Environment
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    Subject Headings:
    • Multicultural education -- United States.
    • College environment -- United States.
    • College students -- United States -- Social conditions.
    • Educational equalization -- United States.
    Abstract:
      Recent research and critiques of affirmative action in college admissions raise questions about popular approaches for enhancing learning outcomes, suggesting that a diverse student body is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for experiencing diversity, creating supportive learning environments, or fostering desired outcomes of college. This study found that the diversity of a student body was positively related to interactions among students from different backgrounds but not meaningfully related to the degree to which the campus was perceived as supportive. Institutional characteristics were also related to diversity outcomes.
    Guiffrida, Douglas A.
  • Toward a Cultural Advancement of Tinto's Theory
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    Subject Headings:
    • College attendance -- United States.
    • College students -- United States -- Psychology.
    • Academic achievement -- United States.
    • Tinto, Vincent.
    Abstract:
      Despite the broad appeal of Tinto's (1993) theory, it is not well supported by empirical research, especially when applied to minority students. While prior critiques of the theory indicate the need to modify Tinto's concept of "breaking away" when applying the theory to diverse students, research suggests a need for additional refinements. In addition to recognizing the need for students to maintain cultural and familial connections to succeed at college, the author contends that the theory can be advanced by integrating research from social and cross-cultural psychology that has investigated relationships among cultural norms, motivational orientation, and academic achievement and persistence.
    Butin, Dan W. (Dan Wernaa)
  • The Limits of Service-Learning in Higher Education
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    Subject Headings:
    • Student service -- United States.
    • Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- United States.
    • Education, Higher -- Political aspects -- United States.
    Abstract:
      This article takes a critical look at the attempted institutionalization of service-learning in higher education. It asks whether service-learning can become deeply embedded within the academy; and if so, what exactly is becoming embedded. Specifically, this article suggests that there are substantial pedagogical, political, and institutional limits to service-learning across the academy. These limits, moreover, are shown to be inherent to the service-learning movement as contemporarily theorized and enacted. The article concludes by reframing some of the grounding assumptions of service-learning to position it as a disciplinary field more suited for becoming genuinely embedded within higher education.
    Roksa, Josipa.
  • Does the Vocational Focus of Community Colleges Hinder Students' Educational Attainment?
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    Subject Headings:
    • Community colleges -- Curricula -- United States.
    • Vocational education -- United States.
    • Academic achievement -- United States.
    • Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- United States.
    Abstract:
      This study examines the effects of vocational focus of community colleges on students' educational attainment. By examining different aspects of vocational education and three distinct student outcomes, the results demonstrate variation in the extent to which institutional focus on vocational training influences students' progress through higher education. Controlling for individual and state characteristics, this study found that the vocational focus of associate degree programs has no negative effects on students' educational attainment. However, when institutions move away from degree-granting programs and focus on awarding short-term certificates, students' likelihood of earning associate degrees is adversely affected.

Book Reviews

    Bryant, Alyssa N.
  • Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Chickering, Arthur W., 1927- Encouraging authenticity and spirituality in higher education.
    • Dalton, Jon C., 1941-
    • Auerbach, Liesa Stamm, 1944-
    • Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- United States.
    Chesler, Mark A.
  • The Challenge of Diversity: Involvement or Alienation in the Academy? (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Smith, Daryl G. Challenge of diversity: involvement or alienation in the academy?
    • Wolf-Wendel, Lisa.
    • College students -- United States.
    Dilley, Patrick.
  • American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: Social, Political, and Economic Challenges (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Altbach, Philip G., ed. American higher education in the twenty-first century: social, political, and economic challenges.
    • Berdahl, Robert Oliver, ed.
    • Gumport, Patricia J., ed.
    • Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- United States.
    González, Cristina, 1951-
  • Portraits in Leadership: Six Extraordinary University Presidents (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Padilla, Arthur. Portraits in leadership: six extraordinary university presidents.
    • Universities and colleges -- United States -- Presidents -- Biography.
    Kaulisch, Marc.
  • Recruitment, Retention, and Retirement in Higher Education: Building and Managing the Faculty of the Future (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Clark, Robert Louis, 1949-, ed. Recruitment, retention, and retirement in higher education: building and managing the faculty of the future.
    • Ma, Jennifer, ed.
    • College teachers -- Supply and demand -- United States.
    McDade, Sharon A.
  • The Research University Presidency in the Late Twentieth Century: A Life Cycle/Case History Approach (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Brodie, H. Keith H. (Harlow Keith Hammond), 1939- Research university presidency in the late twentieth century: a life cycle/case history approach.
    • Banner, Leslie.
    • Universities and colleges -- United States -- Presidents -- Biography.
    Lattuca, Lisa R.
  • Faculty Priorities Reconsidered: Rewarding Multiple Forms of Scholarship (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • O'Meara, KerryAnn, 1971- Faculty priorities reconsidered: rewarding multiple forms of scholarship.
    • Rice, R. Eugene.
    • Education, Higher -- United States.
    Metcalfe, Amy Scott, 1967-
  • College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Thacker, Lloyd, ed. College unranked: ending the college admissions frenzy.
    • Universities and colleges -- United States -- Admission.
    Mitchell, Roland.
  • The Advancement of Learning: Building the Teaching Commons (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Huber, Mary Taylor, 1944- Advancement of learning: building the teaching commons.
    • Hutchings, Pat.
    • College teaching.
    Salerno, Carlo S.
  • Remaking the American University: Market-Smart and Mission-Centered (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Zemsky, Robert, 1940- Remaking the American university: market-smart and mission-centered.
    • Wegner, Gregory R., 1950-
    • Massy, William F.
    • Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- United States.
    Walling, Donovan R., 1948-
  • College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Conley, David T., 1948- College knowledge: what it really takes for students to succeed and what we can do to get them ready.
    • College student orientation -- United States.
    Trautvetter, Lois Calian.
  • Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century America (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Schuman, Samuel. Old Main: small colleges in twenty-first century America.
    • Small colleges -- United States.
    Torres, Vasti, 1960-
  • On the Edge of Commitment: Educational Attainment and Race in the United States (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Morgan, Stephen L. (Stephen Lawrence), 1971- On the edge of commitment: educational attainment and race in the United States.
    • Minorities -- Education (Higher) -- United States.
    Weaver, Benjamin J.
  • Mission and Place: Strengthening Learning and Community through Campus Design (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kenney, Daniel R. Mission and place: strengthening learning and community through campus design.
    • Dumont, Ricardo.
    • Kenney, Ginger.
    • Campus planning -- United States.

Index for Volume 29

Erratum




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