Get real : 49 challenges confronting higher education / William G. Tierney.
- Albany : State University of New York Press, 
xii, 227 pages ; 23 cm
- Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- United States.
Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives.
- "Higher education always seems to be in crisis. Governments, foundations, professional associations, and the occasional scornful professor all tend to lament one or another problem plaguing America's colleges and universities. The more apocalyptic tracts claim that the US is a "Nation at Risk," that our students' minds have been closed, or that radical faculty have run-a-muck and are brainwashing America's youth. In Get Real, leading scholar of higher education, William G. Tierney cuts through this noise, drawing on his experience and expertise to ask readers the same question he asks his students-What do you think? In forty-nine short, engaging essays, Tierney aims not to stoke the flames of controversy or promote a particular stance but to provoke creative, forward-looking public discussion about what higher education could and should look like in the twenty-first century. Tierney clearly distills and offers his take on critical issues-from diversity and free speech to the rise of for-profit colleges and student debt. Still, the goal is always to give readers the background and tools to form their own opinions. Written in a conversational tone and laced with personal anecdotes, Get Real is informed by scholarly literature without being weighed down by it and includes suggestions for further reading based on areas of interest"-- Provided by publisher.
- Machine generated contents note: 1. A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
The Benefits of a Postsecondary Education
The Worth of Universities to Society
The Challenges That Exist
Getting Higher Education's Groove Back
2. Canaries in the Academic Coal Mine
The Twenty-First Century Idea of a University
Is Higher Education an Aging Industry or a Hot Commodity? Or Both?
Why For-Profit Higher Education Grew
"It's None of Your Business." "Yes, It Is!"
"Good" Public Goods
3. The Kids Are Alright
-No, They're Not
John Dewey, Meet Mark Zuckerberg
That Pesky Problem of the First College Year
Let's Get Real about the (Lack of) Importance of Attending Class
What's Going on Outside of Class
4. Safe Spaces, Trigger Warnings, and the Contours of Diversity
America's Love Affair with "Merit"
Safe Spaces for "Snowflakes"
The Imprint of Microaggressions and Trigger Warnings
Demands versus Conversations
5. Students as Customers
Universities as Amazon (or Whole Foods)
The Lords of the Manor: Faculty
The Parameters of a Good Idea: For-Profit Higher Education
The Flimflam Man Reexamined: For-Profit Higher Education
6. Tear Down That Wall: From High School to College
College for All?
College for Some?
Preparing for College
7. Jobs, Jobs, Not Jobs
The Good Old Days: Before Anyone Was "Academically Adrift"
Reading and Writing and Arithmetic
Ahead at the Starting Line
Kicking the Learning Can Down the Road
8. The Cost of Free Speech
Understanding Academic Freedom
The Psychic Cost of Free Speech
Fake News and Academic Freedom
The Monetary Cost of Free Speech
On Censoring Others and Oneself
9. Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Why Tenure Came into Existence
Why Tenure Is Going Away
The Color of the Academy
10. Paying for College
How Much Is a Degree Really Worth?
How to Avoid (or at Least Minimize) Debt
The Pluses and Minuses of Working in College
11. Noses In, Fingers Out: Rethinking Shared Governance
Shared Governance No More
Presidents at the Trough: Perks and More Perks
Boards Asleep at the Wheel
Monkey See, Monkey Don't
Leadership for the Twenty-First Century
12. Lessons Learned
Building a Community of Difference
The Way Forward.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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