Are colleges and universities in a period of unprecedented disruption? Is a bachelor's degree still worth the investment? Are the humanities coming to an end? What, exactly, is higher education good for?In For the Common Good, Charles Dorn challenges the rhetoric of America's so-called crisis in higher education by investigating two centuries...
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Charles Dorn is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Education at Bowdoin College. He is the author of American Education, Democracy, and the Second World War.
The Early National Period
1. "Literary Institutions Are Founded and Endowed for the Common Good" The Liberal Professions in New England
2. "The Good Order and the Harmony of the Whole Community" Public Higher Learning in the South
3. "To Promote More Effectually the Grand Interests of Society" Catholic Higher Education in the Mid-Atlantic The Antebellum and Civil War Eras
4. "To Spread Throughout the Land, an Army of Practical Men" Agriculture and Mechanics in the Midwest
5. "The Instruction Necessary to the Practical Duties of the Profession" Teacher Education in the West Reconstruction through the Second World War
6. "To Qualify Its Students for Personal Success" The Rise of the University in the West
7. "This Is to Be Our Profession-To Serve the World" Women's Higher Education in New England
8. "The Burden of His Ambition Is to Achieve a Distinguished Career" African American Higher Education in the Mid-Atlantic The Cold War through the Twenty-First Century
9. "A Wedding Ceremony between Industry and the University" The Urban University in the Southeast
10. "To Meet the Training and Retraining Needs of Established Business" Community Colleges in the Northeast and Southwest
"Charles Dorn knows a great deal about higher educationand For the Common Good covers excellent topics."
--Joseph F. Kett, James Madison Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Virginia, author of Merit: The History of a Founding Ideal from the American Revolution to the Twenty-First Century "Charles Dorn offers productive insights into the ways that higher education institutions in the United States have maintained their commitment to advancing the common good over time, even with profound social, political, and economic societal changes."
--Laura W. Perna, coauthor of The Attainment Agenda "In this engaging look at a remarkable breadth of institutions, Charles Dorn offers compelling new insights into more than two centuries of higher education as well as reassurance that the common-good ethos will survive the current wave of corporatization and consumerism."
--Christine A. Ogren, author of The American State Normal School "Charles Dorn's refreshing analysis is persuasive in showing that higher education for the common good is both central and complex for American colleges and universities in the past, present, and future. Best of all, his book shows how historical research can be readable and pertinent to our policy discussions today."
--John R. Thelin, author of A History of American Higher Education "In For the Common Good, Charles Dorn demonstrates a rare recognition of how students' own choices impacted--and sometimes shifted--the declared missions of colleges and universities over time."
--Linda Eisenmann, author of Higher Education for Women in Postwar America, 1945-1965 -Charles Dorn knows a great deal about higher education, and For the Common Good covers excellent topics.-â Joseph F. Kett, James Madison Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Virginia, author of Merit: The History of a Founding Ideal from the American Revolution to the Twenty-First Century