Civic Responsibility And Higher Education: (American Council on Education Oryx Press Series on Higher Education)

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9781573562898: Civic Responsibility And Higher Education: (American Council on Education Oryx Press Series on Higher Education)

More than a century ago, John Dewey challenged the education community to look to civic involvement for the betterment of both community and campus. Today, the challenge remains. In his landmark book, editor Thomas Ehrlich has collected essays from national leaders who have focused on civic responsibility and higher education. Imparting both philosophy and working example, Ehrlich provides the inspiration for innovative new programs in this essential area of learning.

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THOMAS EHRLICH is distinguished university scholar at San Francisco State University and a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He was formerly president of Indiana University, provost at the University of Pennsylvania, and dean of Stanford Law School. He also served as the first director of the International Development Cooperation Agency and the first president of the Legal Services Corporation. He is chair-elect of the American Association of Higher Education and the former chair of the Campus Compact Executive Committee. In addition, he is a director of Bennett College, the Corporation for National Service, the National Center for Public Policy & Higher Education, and the Public Welfare Foundation. He is author or editor of eight books.

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The writers represent a cast of heavyweights in scholarly 'thinking' and pragmatic 'doing.' This book is timely in that government and educational institutions have become more involved in emphasizing the importance of civic involvement by students. This is a readable text with much to offer any organization or idividual interested in a clearer understanding of the issues and prospects for enhancing civic responsibility by way of existing institutions-especially those of higher learning. The authors and editior deliver on the title and theme of this book. The text highly recommended for anyone interested in better understanding the philosophy and status of civic responsbility initiatives in higher education, as well as the means to further enchance that responsibility through planning, programming, and delivery. Civic Responsibility and Higher Education should be required reading. This powerful book calls for a drastic change in higher education's role in society. Recommended for general collections as well as all collections that support teacher education. (Community College Journal On Research And Practice)

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