Abstract

Reviewing three key areas of literature in our field (college choice, state policy, and faculty) the article identifies gaps that we can fill by reembodying and repoliticizing “choice,” by which is meant moving beyond the individualized and “neutral” market logic in addressing the actions of collective entities in relation to politically charged policy issues, which we largely overlook. In calling our field to focus more on the “the higher education we choose,” the article suggests reframing the prevailing premises of key public policy debates. It also suggests rethinking and recognizing the role that in our applied field we collectively play, in research and practice, in reconstructing academe. Underlying my centering of the “collective” throughout, is a call to recenter higher education’s social value and societal benefits in the higher education we choose, collectively.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1538-4640
Print ISSN
0022-1546
Pages
pp. 917-930
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-03
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived
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