Crisis on Campus?

Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities, by Mark C. Taylor, has been making quite a splash in current discussions about the future of higher education in the United States.  Among his proposals is the elimination of tenure. The reviews are in. David A. Bell, Professor of History at Princeton, and previously Dean of Faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins, is a contributing editor at the New Republic. Read his review in the on-line New Republic here. Michael Roth, President of Wesleyan University, is a historian and frequent commentator and blogger on higher education. He wrote his review for the LA Times, which was picked up on the Huffington Post. Read his review here.

Higher Education? How Colleges are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids– and What We Can Do About It, by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus. Mr. Bauerlein, the author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, teaches at Emory University. Read his review from the August 2 Wall Street Journal here. You can read an advance summary of Hacker and Dreifus’ book in the July 11 Chronicle of Higher Education.