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Higher Education Policy

Assigning Blame

The Rhetoric of Education Reform
Mark Hlavacik

Despite a plethora of opinions on how to improve US education, a remarkable consensus has emerged that someone or something is to blame for the failures of the public school system, argues rhetoric scholar Mark Hlavacik in this new and insightful book examining the role of language and persuasion in the rise of the accountability movement. 

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Beyond the Skills Gap

Preparing College Students for Life and Work
Matthew T. Hora with Ross J. Benbow and Amanda K. Oleson

How can educators ensure that young people who attain a postsecondary credential are adequately prepared for the future? Matthew T. Hora and his colleagues explain that the answer is not simply that students need more specialized technical training to meet narrowly defined employment opportunities. Beyond the Skills Gap challenges this conception of the “skills gap,” highlighting instead the value of broader twenty-first-century skills in postsecondary education. They advocate for a system in which employers share responsibility along with the education sector to serve the collective needs of the economy, society, and students.

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Breakthrough Strategies

Classroom-Based Practices to Support New Majority College Students
Kathleen A. Ross, Foreword by Michelle Asha Cooper

Breakthrough Strategies identifies effective strategies that faculty have used to help New Majority students—those from minority, immigrant, or disadvantaged backgrounds—build the necessary skills to succeed in college. As the proportion of New Majority students rises, there is increased attention to helping them gain access to college. Once enrolled, however, these students often face significant challenges of adjustment, with few resources for support. Specifically, there is little attention to students’ experiences within their college classrooms and their relationships with professors. At the same time, faculty who work with these students have little guidance on how to help them adjust to new expectations and identities as they engage with college-level work.

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Consejos: The Undergraduate Experiences of Latina/o Students

A Special Issue of the Harvard Educational Review

This Special Issue of the Harvard Educational Review considers the needs, interests, and experiences of Latina/o students currently enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities.

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Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

The Past and Future of California’s Proposition 209
Edited by Eric Grodsky and Michal Kurlaender, foreword by Robert Birgeneau, introduction by Christopher Edley, Jr.

Equal Opportunity in Higher Education examines issues pertaining to equal opportunity—affirmative action, challenges to it, and alternatives for improving opportunities for underrepresented groups—in higher education today.

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Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization

William Zumeta, David W. Breneman, Patrick M. Callan, and Joni E. Finney, foreword by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.

This ambitious book grows out of the realization that a convergence of economic, demographic, and political forces in the early twenty-first century requires a fundamental reexamination of the financing of American higher education.

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Higher Education and Employability

New Models for Integrating Study and Work
Peter J. Stokes, foreword by Louis Soares

Higher Education and Employability makes a crucial contribution to the current reassessment of higher education in the United States by focusing on how colleges and universities can collaborate with businesses in order to serve the educational and professional interests of their students. Drawing on his extensive experience with universities and the business world, Peter J. Stokes argues that the need for closer alignment between the two sectors has never been more critical—and that the opportunities for partnership have never been greater. 

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Higher Education and the Color Line

College Access, Racial Equity, and Social Change
Edited by Gary Orfield, Patricia Marin, and Catherine L. Horn

Higher Education and the Color Line examines the role of higher education in opening up equal opportunity for mobility in American society--or in reinforcing the segregation between white and nonwhite America.

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Higher Education and the Color Line

College Access, Racial Equity, and Social Change
Edited by Gary Orfield, Patricia Marin, and Catherine L. Horn

Higher Education and the Color Line examines the role of higher education in opening up equal opportunity for mobility in American society--or in reinforcing the segregation between white and nonwhite America.

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Internationalizing the Academy

Lessons of Leadership in Higher Education
Edited by Gilbert W. Merkx and Riall W. Nolan, foreword by David Ward

Internationalizing the Academy is the first book to offer a detailed look at efforts to bring ambitious and expanding portfolios of international programs to US campuses. Gilbert W. Merkx and Riall W. Nolan, leading figures in the burgeoning international higher education sector, provide a thorough examination of how numerous “internationalizing” efforts are being implemented and promoted on a strikingly wide range of campuses. 

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Matching Students to Opportunity

Expanding College Choice, Access, and Quality
Andrew P. Kelly, Jessica S. Howell, and Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj

Matching Students to Opportunity expands on the discussion of a critical issue in college access and success: the match between prospective students and the colleges in which they enroll. Research indicates that ensuring a good match significantly increases a student’s chance of graduating.

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