Johns Hopkins University Press has released the fourth edition of American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: Social, Political, and Economic Challenges, co-edited by Research Professor and Center for International Higher Education Founding Director Philip G. Altbach, Michael N. Bastedo and Patricia J. Gumport. The volume address major changes in higher education, including the rise of organized social movements, the problem of income inequality and stratification, and the growth of for-profit and distance education. Three new chapters cover information technology, community colleges and teaching and learning. Placing higher education within its social and political contexts, the contributors discuss finance, federal and state governance, faculty, students, curriculum and academic leadership. Altbach’s chapters are “Harsh Realities: The Professoriate in the Twenty-First Century” and “Patterns of Higher Education Development.” This volume follows the publication last year of two books co-edited by Altbach and CIHE Associate Director Laura Rumbley: Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives and Young Faculty in the Twenty-First Century: International Perspectives.
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