Publication Date: January 1, 2015
The challenges public comprehensive universities face today are expanding—they have been challenged to enroll and graduate more students, adopt new technologies that lower cost without sacrificing quality, and align program and curricular offerings with the skills that employers require. While these universities have a long history of adapting to change, today’s environment will likely test the capabilities of even the most adaptive institutions. This volume assembles a team of experts from a variety of disciplines to examine both the history of the comprehensive university and what lies ahead. Overall, the book grapples with such questions as: How do these institutions adapt to serve the growing population of non-traditional students? How well do they prepare graduates for the labor market? Can partnerships between community colleges and comprehensive universities bolster student success?
The University Next Door draws much-needed attention to a set of institutions that has historically received little notice, yet play an important role in meeting our new attainment goals and helping the American economy grow.
Mark Schneider is vice president and institute fellow at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., a distinguished professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and served as the U.S. Commissioner of Education Statistics from 2005–2008. KC Deane is a program manager at The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and was a research associate at the American Enterprise Institute’s Center on Higher Education Reform.
“A valuable resource for all stakeholders who seek to affect positive change in policy and practice at public comprehensive universities.”
—Daniel J. Hurley, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
“This compelling volume is for anybody concerned about the future of the institutions that help define American higher education as we know it today.”
—Richard G. Rhoda, Tennessee Higher Education Commission