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The Abandoned Mission in Public Higher Education

The Case of the California State University, 1st Edition

By Benjamin P. Bowser


128 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Author


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

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