Leveling the Playing Field

Leveling the Playing Field
Title Leveling the Playing Field PDF eBook
Author Robert K. Fullinwider
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages 279
Release 2004-03-19
Genre Philosophy
ISBN 1461638828

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Leveling the Playing Field examines the admissions policies of contemporary American colleges and universities in light of the assumption that enhancing the educational opportunities of lower-income and minority students would make American society more just. It asks how current admissions policies affect the prospects of such students, and it evaluates alternative approaches. The book treats a variety of topics relevant to answering these questions. What does it mean to reward people according to merit? Is the American system of higher education a meritocracy, and should it be? How do the missions of contemporary institutions of higher education bear on admissions? What are the implications of the Supreme Court's landmark affirmative action decisions of 2003? What is the proper role and significance of standardized tests like the SAT? How does 'lower' education prepare students, or fail to, for higher education? In answering these questions, the book examines legacy preference, early admissions policies, financial aid, the test-prep industry, college counseling, and athletics, evaluating their effects on the distribution of higher education in the United States, not only for lower-income and minority students but for college-bound students in general.

Leveling the Playing Field

Leveling the Playing Field
Title Leveling the Playing Field PDF eBook
Author Robert K. Fullinwider
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Pages 284
Release 2004
Genre Education
ISBN 9780742514119

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Includes information on Supreme Court cases: Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, Gratz v. Bollinger, and Grutter v. Bollinger.

The University and the People

The University and the People
Title The University and the People PDF eBook
Author Scott M. Gelber
Publisher University of Wisconsin Pres
Pages 282
Release 2011-09-28
Genre Education
ISBN 0299284638

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The University and the People chronicles the influence of Populism—a powerful agrarian movement—on public higher education in the late nineteenth century. Revisiting this pivotal era in the history of the American state university, Scott Gelber demonstrates that Populists expressed a surprising degree of enthusiasm for institutions of higher learning. More fundamentally, he argues that the mission of the state university, as we understand it today, evolved from a fractious but productive relationship between public demands and academic authority. Populists attacked a variety of elites—professionals, executives, scholars—and seemed to confirm academia’s fear of anti-intellectual public oversight. The movement’s vision of the state university highlighted deep tensions in American attitudes toward meritocracy and expertise. Yet Populists also promoted state-supported higher education, with the aims of educating the sons (and sometimes daughters) of ordinary citizens, blurring status distinctions, and promoting civic engagement. Accessibility, utilitarianism, and public service were the bywords of Populist journalists, legislators, trustees, and sympathetic professors. These “academic populists” encouraged state universities to reckon with egalitarian perspectives on admissions, financial aid, curricula, and research. And despite their critiques of college “ivory towers,” Populists supported the humanities and social sciences, tolerated a degree of ideological dissent, and lobbied for record-breaking appropriations for state institutions.

Encyclopedia of Political Theory

Encyclopedia of Political Theory
Title Encyclopedia of Political Theory PDF eBook
Author Mark Bevir
Publisher SAGE
Pages 1585
Release 2010-03-18
Genre Political Science
ISBN 1412958652

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Looking at the roots of contemporary political theory, this three-volume set examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them, and provides concise, to-the-point definitions of key concepts, ideas, schools and figures.

A Teacher's Life

A Teacher's Life
Title A Teacher's Life PDF eBook
Author Robert B. Talisse
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Pages 185
Release 2021-08-24
Genre Philosophy
ISBN 172528667X

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Steven M. Cahn belongs to that exclusive class of professors who have not only contributed influentially to the leading debates of their discipline but have also written insightfully about the academic vocation itself. This volume comprises thirteen essays, authored by Cahn's colleagues and former students, presented in his honor on the occasion of his twenty-fifth year as professor of philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center. The essays focus on topics that have been central to Cahn's philosophical work, such as the teaching of philosophy, the responsibilities of philosophy professors, the nature of happiness, and the concept of the good life. CONTRIBUTORS: Norman Bowie, Steven M. Cahn, Randall Curren, Maureen Eckert, Alan Goldman, Tziporah Kasachkoff, Peter Markie, John O'Connor, David Rosenthal, David Shatz, George Sher, Robert Simon, Douglas Stalker, Robert B. Talisse, Christine Vitrano

History of Universities

History of Universities
Title History of Universities PDF eBook
Author Mordechai Feingold
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 319
Release 2006-05-11
Genre Education
ISBN 9780199297382

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This volume contains the customary mix of learned articles, book reviews, conference reports and bibliographical information, which makes this publication useful for the historian of higher education. Its contributions range widely geographically, chronologically, and in subject-matter.

Who Gets In?

Who Gets In?
Title Who Gets In? PDF eBook
Author Rebecca Zwick
Publisher Harvard University Press
Pages 288
Release 2017-05-15
Genre Education
ISBN 0674977661

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On the disputed topic of U.S. college admissions, everyone agrees that this high-stakes competition is unfair. But few agree on what a fair process would be. Stressing transparency in evaluating applicants, Rebecca Zwick assesses the goals and criteria of different admissions policies and shows how they can fail to produce the desired results.