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Leadership, Equity, and Social Justice in American Higher Education

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Edited By C.P. Gause

Never before have leadership, equity, and social justice been more important and/or critical to the mission of public universities and institutions of higher education. The twenty-first century has ushered in a period of instantaneous feedback, including live newsfeeds, reviews of goods and services, and online streaming events, as well as experiences. Anyone with a smartphone has access to millions of individuals with whom to report his/her affirmation and/or dissatisfaction with individuals, products, or services. Colleges and universities have not been immune to this current climate. The purpose of this volume is to "critique" the current state of American higher education through the lenses of critical theory and critical pedagogy. This volume seeks to impact higher education preparation programs by filling the void in the literature from voices in the field. The contributing authors are a diverse array of scholars and practitioners who are committed to moral and shared leadership, equity and access, and social justice.

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“Leadership, Equity, and Social Justice in American Higher Education has clearly accomplished its stated purpose ‘…to impact higher education preparation programs by filling the void in the literature with voices from the field.’ This book is a must-read for those teaching in the academy, working in the field of higher education and especially for those seeking to be the next generation of leaders in our nation’s colleges and universities. It’s a crucial and timely exploration of the American higher education system, the historical and current barriers in providing access to education to those who continue to seek it in a rapidly changing democracy which has become even more divisive in our current political climate. This will be a powerful and indispensable resource for those committed to continuing to explore the concepts of diversity, equity and social justice in our institutions of higher learning.”

Sonia R. Rucker, Coordinator of Institutional Equity & Diversity and Title IX Coordinator, Southeast Missouri State University

“What can be more timely and appropriate than a book on leadership, equity, and social justice as Donald Trump takes the seat in the world’s most powerful chair? At the heart of the American democratic experiment there is a recognition that taking power from the monarchs, the oligarchs, the dictators, and the plutocrats and diffusing that power among a greater swath of our citizenry is a more moral, more healthy and a more sustainable way to organize social life. The more we...

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