All the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education by George Dennis O'Brien

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In this refreshing and original exploration, George Dennis O'Brien looks at higher education in America. O'Brien argues that to debate intelligently the future of education we must stop focusing on its ideals and look instead at its institutions. He does this by addressing nine half-truths, such as whether "low cost public education benefits the least advantaged in society," and goes on to examine how accurately they reflect the true state of higher education. The result is a thought-provoking discussion of the present challenges and future prospects of American higher education.

"O'Brien's historical overview of the transition from 19th-century denominational colleges to 20th-century research-driven and largely secular ones is provocative. Cleverly written and well-focused, the book addresses the financial pressures facing higher education and asks vital questions about cutbacks and curricula."—Publishers Weekly

"Lively, engaging, and richly suggestive." —Francis Oakley, Commonweal
"O'Brien employs calm, powerful reason, without sensationalism. His perspective is illuminating. . . . All the Essential Half-Truths About Higher Education is one of the wisest and most useful treatments of American higher education." —John Attarian, Detroit News

About George Dennis O'Brien

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George Dennis O'Brien was president of Bucknell University and subsequently the University of Rochester until his retirement in 1994. He is the author of Hegel on Reason and History, God and the New Haven Railroad, and What to Expect from College.
Published December 1, 2007 by University of Chicago Press. 266 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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O'Brien's nine-chapter assessment of the state of higher education and the myths, half-truths and former truths he believes education is mired in--while arguable--fan the flames of this already blazing conflagration.

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That college and university faculty and administrators need to develop better ways of working together is one of the underlying points of George Dennis O'Brien's All the Essential Half-Truths About Higher Education.

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