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Our Higher Calling, Second Edition

Rebuilding the Partnership between America and Its Colleges and Universities

Holden Thorp

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Published: 02/2024
Pages: 216
Subject: Education, Business and Economics
Print ISBN: 9781469679181
eBook ISBN: 9781469679204


This is an unmistakable time of crisis and confusion about the purpose, value, and sustainability of higher education in the United States. Data continues to show substantial benefits for students who complete a four-year degree, yet Americans from all backgrounds are losing confidence in the nation's institutions of higher learning, and political and economic challenges for colleges and universities seem greater than ever. How can faculty, administrators, governing boards, and other stakeholders address these challenges effectively? Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein draw on interviews with higher education thought leaders and their own experience inside and outside the academy to address these problems head on.

Now in paperback with a new preface by the authors, Our Higher Calling presents a forceful case for the enduring value of higher education along with pragmatic recommendations for how campus leaders can engage in constructive dialogue about necessary change.