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For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America

Charles Dorn


Are colleges and universities in a period of unprecedented disruption? Is a bachelor's degree still worth the investment? What, exactly, is higher education good for? This book challenges the rhetoric of America's so-called crisis in higher education by investigating two centuries of college and university history. From the community college to the elite research university—in states from California to Maine—the book engages a fundamental question confronted by higher education institutions ever since the nation's founding: Do colleges and universities contribute to the common good? Tracking c ... More

Keywords: higher education, crisis, university history, college history, public good, civic-mindedness, commercialism, affluence, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452345
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452345.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Dorn, author
Bowdoin College