A People’s History of American Higher Education

By Philo Hutcheson

© 2016 – Routledge

272 pages

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pub: 2016-06-01
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About the Book

This essential history of American higher education builds from the ground up, shedding light on the full, diverse of range of institutions—including small liberal arts schools, junior and community colleges, and state colleges—that have been instrumental in creating the higher education system we know today. A People’s History of American Higher Education focuses on those participants who may not have been members of elite groups, yet who helped push elite institutions and the country as a whole towards different goals and behaviors. This pathbreaking textbook addresses key issues which have often been condemned to exceptions and footnotes—if not ignored completely—in historical considerations of U.S. higher education: particularly race, ethnicity, gender, and class.

Hutcheson introduces readers to both social and intellectual history, providing invaluable perspectives and methodologies for graduate students and faculty members alike. A People’s History of American Higher Education surveys the varied characteristics of the diverse populations constituting or striving for the middle class through educational attainment, providing a narrative that unites often divergent historical fields. The author engages readers in a powerful, revised understanding of what institutions and participants beyond the oft-cited "dead white men" have done for American higher education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Colonial Era and the Challenges of Creating Colleges

3. The Early Republic and the Need to Educate Citizens

4. A Nation Divided

5. The Progressive Era: Reform, Expertise, and Bureaucracy

6. The Perils of Prosperity and the Crash

7. World War II and the Post-War Era: The University as a National and Private Instrument

About the Series

Core Concepts in Higher Education

Core Concepts in Higher Education is a textbook series for the education of new professionals, covering the core areas of study in the field of higher education and student affairs. This timely and dependable series provides the necessary tools to ensure practice is informed by theory and research. The books in this series invite students to think critically about the field to discover what has been left out and what needs to be learned, and also provides frameworks and constructs for addressing challenges facing higher education. The Core Concepts in Higher Education series moves thought, action, and scholarship forward by valuing, reconstructing, and building on the foundations of the field. Through a rich combination of research, theory, and practice, this series aims to move the field into a new generation of scholarship to better prepare students for authentic leadership of our colleges, universities, and academic communities.

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