1st Edition

Contemporary Issues in Higher Education

Edited By Marybeth Gasman, Andrés Castro Samayoa Copyright 2019
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    The latest text in the Core Concepts in Higher Education series, this volume speaks to the complex dimensions that higher education scholars and educators need to understand about the shifting role of postsecondary education in the United States. Chapter authors clarify current issues affecting the field, and offer fresh perspectives articulating how policy, demographic, and institutional changes influence the everyday practices of those who work in higher education. This book explores macro perspectives affecting institutional decision-making and processes as well as students’ perspectives on campus—from colleges’ credentialing procedures to the current demographic changes in students’ enrollments, to students’ social identities. Guiding questions at the end of each chapter offer readers an opportunity to frame discussions in which they can engage and invite readers to consider avenues for future research and exploration. This is a valuable resource for graduate students, administrators, and researchers who seek to understand and improve the policies and contexts of higher education today.

    ContentsSeries Editor Introduction


    Part I

    Chapter One: The Demography of Pathways to Higher Education for Critical Populations
    Maurice Shirley and Stella M. Flores

    Chapter Two: Geography of College Choice
    Nicholas Hillman and William Casey Boland

    Chapter Three: Challenges and Opportunities in the Use of Big and Geocoded Date in Higher Education Research and Policy
    Manuel González Canché

    Chapter Four: Sexual Violence on College Campus
    Susan Marine

    Chapter Five: The New Credentialing Landscape
    Jason L. Taylor

    Chapter Six: Vigorous Civility: Aspirations for Free Expression on Campus
    Frederick M. Lawrence

    Part II

    Chapter Seven: Refuting Contemporaneity: Trans* Experiences In, Out, and Beyond Higher Education
    Children of the House of "Pay it No Mind" (A Collective of Trans* Scholars in Higher Education and Student Affairs)

    Chapter Eight: Understanding Islamophobia on College Campuses

    Shafiqa Ahmadi, Darnell Cole, and Monica Prado

    Chapter Nine: Students Experiencing Homelessness on College Campuses

    Jarrett Gupton and Jennifer Trost

    Chapter Ten: Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Students
    Debbie Mukamal and Rebecca Silbert

    Chapter Eleven: Undocutrends in Higher Education
    Susana M. Muñoz and Yuri Hernández Osorio

    Chapter Twelve: Understanding Single Mothers in College: Strategies for Greater Support
    Cynthia Hess, Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, Barbara Gault, and Mary Ann Demario

    Author Bios


    Marybeth Gasman is the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education and the Director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

    Andrés Castro Samayoa is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, USA.

    "This forward-thinking book is a wake-up call to those of us who remain largely oblivious to the unprecedented diversity of students in our colleges and universities (including incarcerated, homeless and undocumented students). With unblemished candor, the authors call out practices, such as stereotyping, oppression, indifference, sexual violence, invisibility, that are undermining not only the learning but the persistence of far too many of these students."
    —Clifton Conrad, Vilas Distinguished Professor, Higher Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    "This book brings together an intergenerational group of eminent scholars to advance the thinking required to address enduring and emerging issues in higher education. It provides an accessible touchstone for new and experienced higher education scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to enhance their perspectives and examine complex educational problems."
    —Anne-Marie Núñez, Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University

    "Contemporary Issues in Higher Education is an important volume that is both timely and timeless. Chapters highlight both new vital issues in higher education, as well as on-going issues that remain unsolved or have become even more prominent in this turbulent time of national political disunity. The perspectives from new scholars as well as established scholars provides rich insights and courageous conversations focusing on the changing cultural environments in higher education today and in the future."
    —Timothy P. Fong, Professor, Ethnic Studies, California State University, Sacramento