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* Sustainability in Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Transformation. Edited by Peggy F. Barlett (Prof of Anthropology, Emory U) and Geoffrey W. Chase (Dean of Undergraduate Studies, San Diego State U). Cambridge MA: MIT Press, Sept 2013, 344p, $26.95pb. In colleges and universities across the United States, students, faculty, and staff are forging new paths to sustainability. From private liberal arts colleges to major research institutions to community colleges, sustainability concerns are being integrated into curricula, policies, and programs. New divisions, degree programs, and courses of study cross traditional disciplinary boundaries; Sustainability Councils become part of campus governance; and new sustainability issues link to historic social and educational missions. Leaders from 24 colleges and universities offer their stories of institutional and personal transformation, documenting both the power of leadership—whether by college presidents, faculty, staff, or student activists—and the potential for institutions to redefine themselves. (Also see Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change, edited by Barlett and Chase.) (HIGHER EDUCATION * SUSTAINABILITY IN U.S.COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES)

 

* The Great Civilized Conversation: Education for a World Community. Wm. Theodore de Bary (Prof Emeritus and Provost Emeritus, Columbia U; past president, Association for Asian Studies). NY: Columbia U Press, June 2013, 432p, $35. Believing a classical liberal education is more necessary than ever, de Barry's essays outline a plan to update existing core curricula, incorporating classics from both Eastern and Western traditions to bring the philosophy and moral values of Asian civilizations to American students, and further a rich global dialogue. There is a concrete link between teaching the classics of world civilizations and furthering global humanism. De Barry joins Islamic, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Western sources into a revised curriculum that privileges humanity and civility. (HIGHER EDUCATION * CURRICULA FOR WORLD COMMUNITY)

 

* The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders.  James Martin (Prof of English, Mount Ida College; Academic VP, The Education Alliance) and  James E. Samels (CEO and president ,The Education Alliance).  Baltimore MD: Johns Hopkins U Press, May 2012, 352p, $45 (e-book).  While almost 700 chief executive officers have signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, several thousand have yet to do so.  Identifies four of the most formidable challenges facing these presidents and their leadership teams, along with solutions to address them: 1) effectively institutionalizing sustainability thinking; 2) developing an efficient, flexible system of sustainability benchmarks; 3) implementing an accountable university budget mode; and 4) engaging boards of trustees in the campus sustainability agenda.  Discusses specific action plans, best practices, and emerging trends in sustainability efforts.  (HIGHER EDUCATION AND SUSTAINABILITY * SUSTAINABILITY AND HIGHER EDUCATION)

 

Global Sustainability and the Responsibilities of Universities.  Edited by Luc E. Weber (rector emeritus, U of Geneva) and James J. Duderstadt (President Emeritus, U of Michigan).  Economica (dist. by Brookings), Feb 2012 / 300p / $59.95.  Research universities worldwide are well-placed to address the challenges of global sustainability, including climate, environmental, economic, health, poverty, and geopolitical concerns. Discusses how research universities are adapting to the imperatives of global sustainability (e.g., social diversity, resource management, academic programs, research and scholarship) and how they can develop new curricula, student experiences, research paradigms, social engagement, and international alliances to better address the challenges of global sustainability while producing globally identified citizens. (HIGHER EDUCATION AND SUSTAINABILITY * SUSTAINABILITY AND UNIVERSITIES)

Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World.  Edited by Hakan Altinay (Senior Fellow in Global Economy, Brookings Institution; former Exec Director, Open Society Foundation-Turkey). Foreword by Kemal Devi? (Vice-President, Brookings; former Dire.  Washington: Brookings Institution Press, Feb 2011 / 145p / $18.95.  “A conversation about global civics is needed, and university campuses are ideal venues for these conversations to start” (Martii Ahtisaari, 2008 Nobel Peace Laureate). We cannot achieve the cooperation needed for a globalizing century without developing some sort of “global civics”. Self-interest will remain an integral component of national policies. It neither should nor can be the only mechanism at work. Our perception of worldwide connection and solidarity has to deepen, and our sense of being part of a global community must strengthen. Explores how to build an effective curriculum for global civics, so that institutions of higher learning worldwide can teach it and take a leading role in advancing that agenda. (GLOBAL CIVICS * HIGHER EDUCATION AND GLOBAL CIVICS * WORLD FUTURES) 
 
American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: Social, Political, and Economic Challenges  (Third Edition).  Edited by Philip G. Altbach (Prof of Higher Education, Boston College), Patricia J. Gumport (Prof of Education, Stanford Institute for Higher Education), and Robert O. Berdahl (Prof Emeritus of Higher.  Baltimore MD: Johns Hopkins U Press, June 2011 / 416p / $29.95. Overviews the central issues facing American colleges and universities today, including finance, federal and state governance, faculty, students, curriculum, and academic leadership. Also addresses the major challenges in higher education, especially the influence and incorporation of new technologies and growing concern about the future of the academy in a post-Iraq War setting. See full review at GFB Book of the Month July 2011. (HIGHER EDUCATION)

Educating Globally Competent Citizens: A Tool Kit for Teaching Seven Revolutions.  Edited by Dennis R. Falk (U of Minnesota-Duluth), Susan Moss (Ft. Lewis College, CO), and Martin Shapiro (Cal State U-Fresno).  Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 2010 / 133p / $20.00.  It is increasingly difficult for leaders to act in ways that will yield positive, long-term results. The Tool Kit, part of the Seven Revolutions (7 Revs) initiative to educate globally competent citizens, stems from a collaboration of CSIS, the American Assn. of State Colleges and Universities, and The New York Times. It shows how seven AASCU campuses have used 7 Revs in their teaching materials. The 7 Revs project identified seven areas of change expected to be most “revolutionary” in the world of 2025: population, environmental stewardship and resource management, technological innovation and diffusion, development and dissemination of knowledge, economic integration, the nature and mode of conflict, and the challenge of governance. (www.csis.org) (FUTURISTICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION * “SEVEN REVOLUTIONS” PROJECT CSIS * EDUCATION)

DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher EducationAnya Kamenetz (writer, Fast Company magazine; www.anyakamenetz.blogspot.com).  White River Junction VT: Chelsea Green, April 2010 / 208p / $14.95.  Makes the case against college, and for education. In the US the price of college tuition has increased more than any other major good or service for the last 20 years. Almost half of college students don’t graduate; those who do have unprecedented levels of student loan debt, which constitutes a credit bubble similar to the mortgage crisis. The current system particularly fails first-generation and low-income college students, and students of color. The university needs to reform: the future lies in personal learning networks and paths, learning that blends experiential and digital approaches, and free and open-source educational models. (HIGHER EDUCATION REFORM)


University Research for Innovation.  Edited by Luc E. Weber (Rector Emeritus, U of Geneva) and James J. Duderstadt (President Emeritus and University Prof of Science and Engineering, U of Michigan).  London: Economica (dist. Brookings), Feb 2010 / 390p / $59.95.  On the role of research universities in an innovation-driven global society, based on the 7th Glion Colloquium held in 2009. Discusses alternative innovation strategies, approaches to innovation at national and institutional levels, the intellectual character of innovation, challenges of creating world-class universities, and the shift of high-tech industry toward open innovation. (INNOVATION AND UNIVERSITIES * RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES * HIGHER EDUCATION)

Higher Education to 2030, Volume 2: GlobalisationOECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.  OECD, Jan 2009 / 360p / $NA.  Growing flows of knowledge, people, and financing cross national borders, feeding both collaboration and competition worldwide. This book considers student and faculty mobility, higher education financing and governance, quality assurance, use of market-like mechanisms, future scenarios in cross-border program and institutional mobility, trends and prospects in academic research, the future of higher education systems in China and India, and European higher education reforms. (GLOBALIZATION AND HIGHER EDUCATION * CHINA AND INDIA FUTURE HIGHER EDUCATION * HIGHER EDUCATION TO 2030 * EDUCATION * RESEARCH TRENDS IN ACADEMIA)

 Saving Alma Mater: A Rescue Plan for America’s Public UniversitiesJames C. Garland.  U of Chicago Press, Oct 2009 / 320p / $27.50.  America’s public universities educate 80% of US college students, but many of these institutions have fallen into decline due to rising demands on state treasuries, changing demographics, and growing income inequality. Tuition costs and class sizes are up, while the number of courses offered and overall quality has declined. A new compact between state government and public universities is needed. (PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN U.S. * HIGHER EDUCATION * EDUCATION)
 
Higher Education to 2030 (3 volumes).  Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.  OECD (dist. by Brookings), August 2009 / 300p / $62.00.  Analyzes the impact of various trends on tertiary education systems. Volume 1 Demography (300p, $62pb) looks at aging OECD populations with more immigrants and minorities. Volume 2 Technology (150p, $40pb) examines the possible impact of technology, as well as the opportunities it may bring. Volume 3 Globalization (500p, $80pb) addresses the effects of globalization. (HIGHER EDUCATION * EDUCATION)
 
The Trials of Academe: The New Era of Campus LitigationAmy Gadja (Asst Prof of Journalism and Law, U of Illinois).  Cambridge: Harvard UP, Oct 2009 / 298p / $35.00.  Contrary to the past, when no one ever thought to sue about anything, litigation is now common regarding tenure decisions, grading curves, course content, admissions, exam policies, and graduation requirements. Gadia explores causes of the litigation trend, implications for academic freedom, and what can be done to limit potential damage. (LITIGATION IN ACADEMIA * HIGHER EDUCATION * EDUCATION)

 
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