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.