Speaking of Higher Education: The Academic's Book of Quotations

Hardcover | January 30, 2004

byRobert Birnbaum

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This unique book offers quotations that reflect both historic and current thinking in the field of higher education. These quotations are enjoyable to read, useful to those who speak and write on the subject of higher education, and illustrative of the enduring purposes of the academic enterprise. This book will be of particular value to academic, political, and journalistic practitioners who prepare speeches, position papers, or news backgrounders for both professional and lay audiences, as well as for scholars seeking citations to materials that are otherwise difficult to locate. More than 1,600 quotations from over 650 authors are arranged both chronologically and by subject. This arrangement offers readers the opportunity to trace how thinking has changed, or how it has remained the same, during the 2000-year period covered in this book. The collection includes both statements that support higher education as well as those that criticize it. Many of the quotations in this book were developed from original sources, which are cited in detail for verification and further reading. The represented authors range from academic leaders to social critics, U.S. presidents to Russian revolutionaries, Roman poets to student radicals, John Donne to Fats Domino. All of the authors are identified by professional positions, years of birth, and, where applicable, year of death.

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This unique book offers quotations that reflect both historic and current thinking in the field of higher education. These quotations are enjoyable to read, useful to those who speak and write on the subject of higher education, and illustrative of the enduring purposes of the academic enterprise. This book will be of particular value ...

ROBERT BIRNBAUM is Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, and was formerly Professor and Chair of the Department of Higher and Adult Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has held administrative appointments as Vice-chancellor of the City University of New York, Vice-chancel...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 10.37 × 7.38 × 0.76 inPublished:January 30, 2004Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275980715

ISBN - 13:9780275980719

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Higher Education and Society Chapter 2 Purpose Chapter 3 Social Issues Chapter 4 Academic Affairs Chapter 5 Educational Policy Chapter 6 Learning Chapter 7 Research and Scholarship Chapter 8 Teaching Chapter 9 Institutions and Processes Chapter 10 The Campus Chapter 11 Institutions Chapter 12 Governance and Administration Chapter 13 Management Chapter 14 Education Roles Chapter 15 The Faculty Chapter 16 The Students Chapter 17 The President

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[T]his kind of work has its place; it will provide readers with time on their hands a few chuckles and dinner (or commencement address) speakers with many snide and self-deprecating asides for their remarks. How many times have you attended a campus banquet where the moderator ritualistically proclaims, 'And, of course, it goes without saying...?' Now you can break the stalemate of cliches and silence by standing up and reading any one of several appropriate quotations from Birnbaum's wonderful book. Then, be prepared for applause-after which you should be certain to give credit to Birnbaum. We are in his debt.