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Thought Provoking Reads

Are You Smart Enough?

This book explores the many ways in which the obsession with "being smart" distorts the life of a typical college or university, and how this obsession leads to a higher education that shortchanges the majority of students.

Campus Confidential

A tenured prof. breaks ranks to reveal what's wrong with American higher education and how it affects you.

College

Prominent cultural critic Andrew Delbanco offers a trenchant defense of a traditional four-year college education, and warns that it is becoming a privilege reserved for the relatively rich. In arguing for what a true college education should be, he demonstrates why making it available to as many young people as possible remains central to America's democratic promise.

The Great Brain Race

The first popular account of how international competition for the brightest minds is transforming the world of higher education--and why this revolution should be welcomed, not feared.

How College Works

Daniel Chambliss and Christopher Takacs conclude that the limited resources of colleges and students need not diminish the undergraduate experience.

Integrative Learning and Action

A call to wholeness - in diverse ways the essays speak to an emerging desire for a different world - for different ways of learning, knowing, and being that draw upon the full spectrum of our intelligences in order to create collaborative global society.

Lesson Plan

American higher education faces some serious problems--but they are not the ones most people think. In this brief and accessible book, two leading experts show that many so-called crises--from the idea that typical students are drowning in debt to the belief that tuition increases are being driven by administrative bloat--are exaggerated or simply false.

Liberal Arts at the Brink

Liberal arts colleges represent a tiny portion of the higher education market, yet produce a stunning percentage of America's leaders. But the demand for career-related education has pressured them to become vocational, distorting their mission and core values. Liberal Art At the Brink is a wake-up call for everyone who values liberal arts education.

Linked Courses for General Education and Integrative Learning

Research indicates that of the pedagogies recognized as "high impact", learning communities - one approach to which, the linked course, is the subject of this book - lead to an increased level of student engagement in the freshman year that persists through the senior year, and improve retention.

Thriving in Transitions

Grounded in positive psychology, the thriving concept reframes the student success conversation by focusing on the characteristics amenable to change and that promote high levels of academic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal performance in the college environment. The authors present six research studies describing the characteristics that predict thriving in different groups of college students.

The Undergraduate Experience

This book encourages college and university leaders to rethink current practices that fragment the student experience, and to focus on creating powerful, integrated undergraduate learning for all students. Coverage includes high-impact practices for engagement, the importance of strategic leadership, the necessity of setting and maintaining high expectations, and insight on fostering excellence through systematic planning.

We're Losing Our Minds

America is being held back by the quality and quantity of learning in college. Many graduates cannot think critically, write effectively, solve problems, understand complex issues, or meet employers' expectations. The only solution - making learning the highest priority in college - demands fundamental change throughout higher education.

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. That belief is wrong. It's cruel. And in WHERE YOU GO IS NOT WHO YOU'LL BE, Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.

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