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Lowering Higher Education: The Rise of Corporate Universities and the Fall of Liberal Education Paperback – Jan 15 2011

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (Jan. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442611219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442611214
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lowering Higher Education will be widely read and discussed thanks to its insightful, controversial analysis of the major issues facing higher education today. James E. Côté and Anton L. Allahar put forth excellent arguments on why the liberal arts education is being lost in the university environment, and what implications this will have in the long run for students, professors, and society. By detailing positive examples from around the world and suggestions for improvement, Côté and Allahar have made a serious advance with Lowering Higher Education. (Gerald Adams, Department of Family Relations, University of Guelph)

About the Author

James E. Côté is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario.

Anton L. Allahar is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario.

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Lowering Higher Education provides a Canadian variation on the ubiquitous theme of declining quality of university education. Authors Coté and Allahar, professors at the University of Western Ontario, perform some very interesting analysis using data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to determine whether disengagement is by necessity or by choice. While I think there are some basic flaws in their argument (engagement is solely defined as the amount of time spent studying and preparing for class -- a limited view IMHO), they do a great job of debunking some very common myths about what is absorbing students' time. And they come back to the central thesis: time isn't the problem. Institutional culture is. Full review on the CACUSS Reads blog:
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a reasonable but very Canadian focused treatment of the problems of grade inflation and the corporatisation of higher education.

certainly enough material to ponder, but I would have preferred both a more global focus with comparisons between say, the UK, Canada, Australia, which have historically similar university systems, and also an expanded section on the role (or not) of technology in diminishing the university experience, including the rise of the learning management system