1st Edition

The Abandoned Mission in Public Higher Education The Case of the California State University

By Benjamin P. Bowser Copyright 2017
    140 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The debate about how higher education is failing to play a role in reducing inequality often centers on elite colleges, while ignoring the numerous public colleges and universities that educate the majority of our students. This book adds to the discussion by exploring an in-depth case study of the largest public higher educational system in the United States, The California State University, with implications for other state systems as well. Benjamin P. Bowser, experienced faculty member and author, discusses higher education reforms in response to increasing tuition, underprepared graduates, and declining academic standards. Focusing on the faculty perspective, this text examines how these reforms can threaten the mission of a public institution, only exacerbating the crisis of higher education and inequality.


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    Chapter One: Introduction

    Chapter Two: The California Master Plan for Higher Education

    Chapter Three: From Budget Cuts to Privatization?

    Chapter Four: Educating Other People’s Children

    Chapter Five: Skills, Values and Quality

    Chapter Six: Faculty and Teaching

    Chapter Seven: Research and Professional Engagement

    Chapter Eight: Conclusion: Do Not Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste


    Benjamin P. Bowser is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at California State University, East Bay.