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Privatization and the Public Good

Public Universities in the Balance

Matthew T. Lambert (author)

ISBN: 9781612507323

Publication Date: Aug 2014

Format: Hardback

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Examines a range of developments related to the privatization of public higher education in the US, including increasing institutional autonomy, higher tuition, diminishing appropriations, alternative revenue sources, and modified governance relationships. Through a wide-ranging analysis of the current situation and detailed case studies, this title provides a panoramic account of the challenges faced by public institutions.
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"Public education is in crisis - and it has been for some time. The problem is, no one can agree on the problem, and when there is no agreement on the problem, developing solutions is nearly impossible." Thus writes Matthew T. Lambert in this study of present-day public higher education, which is currently plagued by momentous challenges.

In Privatization and the Public Good, Lambert examines a range of developments related to the "privatization" of public higher education in the United States, including increasing "institutional autonomy, higher tuition, diminishing appropriations, alternative revenue sources such as philanthropy and new business ventures, and modified governance relationships." These developments, in turn, have resulted in an uncertain future for public academic institutions across the country, posing unprecedented questions and challenges for them.

Through a wide-ranging analysis of the current situation and detailed case studies that focus on prominent public universities in Virginia, North Carolina, and California, Privatization and the Public Good provides a panoramic account of the challenges faced by public institutions. Insightful and essential, this book makes a crucial contribution to the current reassessment of higher education in the United States.
Pages 344
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2014
Publisher Harvard Education Press
Subject/s Education   Higher & further education, tertiary education  
Matthew T. Lambert is vice president for development at The College of William & Mary, USA.

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