1st Edition

Theorizing the Resilience of American Higher Education
How Colleges and Universities Adapt to Changing Social and Economic Conditions

ISBN 9780367671778
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
132 Pages

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Book Description

This book proposes a new theory of change in American higher education that explains the resilience of colleges and universities, and demonstrates how they adapt to new social and economic conditions. It argues that the demands for new educational missions, new sources of capital to finance innovation, and new organizational and governance models lead to the creation of institutional diversity. Using the theory of “accretive change” to predict future changes, this volume asserts that the rise of artificial intelligence and new investment models within the field of social entrepreneurship will shape the next wave of universities and educational institutions.

Table of Contents

Part I

Chapter 1: Commencing

Chapter 2: Institutional Longevity

Chapter 3: Organizational Diversity

Chapter 4: Is Higher Education Disruptable?

Part II

Chapter 5: Neither Pangloss nor Quixote

Chapter 6: Education in the Age of Information

Chapter 7: Peering into the F.O.G.


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Geoffrey M. Cox is the Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, and Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, USA.