Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Histories of Higher Education

Progress, despite its link to university research and education, is not normally the dominant narrative of twentieth century university history. Considering the growth of higher education in size and importance across the Western world, this might seem surprising. Crises in the universities, however, have been declared with regularity throughout the twentieth century. Contemporary titles internationally demonstrate the loss that scholars of the university express: The Last Professors, The Fall of the Faculty, The University in Ruins.[1] In Australia, titles have included On the Brink, and Why our Universities are Failing.[2] The Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee published a booklet about the crisis in the universities in 1952.[3] On the surface, there is no evidence yet that, in the approximately sixty years since, academics have ever collectively declared the crisis over.

At this stage, this will lead into a section on Institutional HistoriesHigher Education Studies and Academic Markets (last one needs a new subtitle...any suggestions?)

[1] Frank Donoghue, The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008). Benjamin Ginsberg, The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the Administrative University and Why It Matters (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
[2] P Coaldrake, and, Steadman, L, On the Brink: Australia's Universities Confronting Their Future (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1998). Geoffrey Maslen and Luke Slattery, Why Our Universities Are Failing: Crisis in the Clever Country (Melbourne: Wlkinson Books, 1994).
[3] Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee, A Crisis in the Finances and Development of the Australian Universities (Canberra: Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee, 1952).

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