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2016 September 4

The Great Mistake by Christopher Newfield

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Johns Hopkins University Press has announced pre-orders for Chris Newfield’s new book, The Great Mistake:

The Great Mistake

How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them

Christopher Newfield

In The Great Mistake, Newfield asks how we can fix higher education, given the damage done by private-sector models. The current accepted wisdom—that to succeed, universities should be more like businesses—is dead wrong. Newfield combines firsthand experience with expert analysis to show that private funding and private-sector methods cannot replace public funding or improve efficiency, arguing that business-minded practices have increased costs and gravely damaged the university’s value to society.

The book should ship in October 2016.

I’ve been reading his blog Remaking the University for quite some time, and I’ve found that he has intelligent things to say about how public universities are funded. I’m not sure I’d want to read a 448-page book on the subject with very few illustrations (2 halftones, 33 charts), but people who are interested in what has happened to make public universities so unaffordable in the past decade or two should read at least some of his writing.

2 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the pointer to that blog. I like that it is relatively low density compared to the usual higher ed wonk talk.

    I gather that it does not follow Dean Dad’s philosophy that efficiency will fix everything in higher ed!

    Comment by CCPhysicist — 2016 September 6 @ 11:00 | Reply

    • I like both Chris Newfield (Remaking the University http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/) and Dean Dad (Confessions of a Community College Dean, http://suburbdad.blogspot.com/) though they do have rather different ideas about how to make higher education work better. I think that both recognize that the overwhelming problem is the defunding of public education by state legislatures, though they have different ideas about how to rectify that problem.

      Comment by gasstationwithoutpumps — 2016 September 6 @ 11:24 | Reply


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