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Higher Education and Society

Edited By Joseph L. DeVitis and Pietro A. Sasso

Higher education and society are becoming increasingly intertwined. Both act as a transmitter of culture, yet many colleges and universities also ideally seek to create a more perfectible society and more enlightened, engaged citizens. When the connections between social structures and post-secondary education are closely entangled, the university’s aims can take on a contentious struggle for identity in a vexing web of competing external interests – especially in light of scarce economic resources, corporate pressures, technological questions, and globalizing trends. Higher Education and Society weighs the urgent question of how society and higher education influence each other. How the latter responds to that unsettled issue may well determine whether colleges and universities chart a more self-reflective path or one of rising deference to societal contingencies. This book is essential for all those who study and work in today’s colleges – and for all those who seek a better education for their children, the nation, and the world. It is especially recommended for courses in higher education and society, contemporary issues in higher education, the philosophy of higher education, academic issues in higher education, leadership in higher education, and globalization and higher education. The book is also useful for the preparation of faculty development programs in colleges and universities.
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Julia Bryan is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Her principal research is on school-family-community partnerships and the role of school counselors and other school personnel in building partnerships. Dr. Bryan has developed a model for such partnerships that enhances educational resilience, academic success, and equity, especially in high-poverty schools. She also studies critical issues facing children of color (e.g., college access); disproportionate disciplinary practices; and school bonding and connectedness. She has published numerous articles and made many presentations at national conferences.

Erica Childress is a recent graduate of the Master of Public Administration program at Eastern Kentucky University. Her research focus is town and gown relationships and how to encourage universities and communities to conduct sustainable development. She plans to have a career in local community development.

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