Palace of Ashes: China and the Decline of American Higher Education

Palace of Ashes China and the Decline of American Higher Education In addition to possessing the world s largest economies China and the United States have extensive higher education systems comparable in size By juxtaposing their long and distinctive educational tr

  • Title: Palace of Ashes: China and the Decline of American Higher Education
  • Author: Mark S Ferrara
  • ISBN: 9781421417998
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In addition to possessing the world s largest economies, China and the United States have extensive higher education systems comparable in size By juxtaposing their long and distinctive educational traditions, Palace of Ashes offers compelling evidence that American colleges and universities are quickly falling behind in measures such as scholarly output and the grantingIn addition to possessing the world s largest economies, China and the United States have extensive higher education systems comparable in size By juxtaposing their long and distinctive educational traditions, Palace of Ashes offers compelling evidence that American colleges and universities are quickly falling behind in measures such as scholarly output and the granting of doctoral degrees in STEM fields China, in contrast, has massed formidable economic power in support of its universities in an attempt to create the best educational system in the world.Palace of Ashes argues that the overall quality of U.S institutions of higher learning has declined over the last three decades Mark S Ferrara places that decline in a broad historical context to illustrate how the forces of globalization are helping rapidly developing Asian nations particularly China transform their major universities into serious contenders for the world s students, faculty, and resources.Ferrara finds that American institutions have been harmed by many factors, including chronic state and federal defunding, unsustainable tuition growth, the adoption of corporate governance models, adjunctification, and the overall decline of humanities education relative to job related training Ferrara concludes with several key recommendations to help U.S universities counter these trends and restore the palace of American higher learning.

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    1. Well, it's probably not a surprise that I would find this book compelling, given that one of the first references cited is _Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education_, published by Verso, a socialist press that frequently publishes strong critiques of capitalism."The [American] academic edifice is falling into disrepair as higher education becomes a commodity bought by an individual consumer to provide upward social mobility via professional training, rather than a civic good funded from public co [...]

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