ERIC Number: ED221119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Higher Education and Its Useful Past. Applied History in Research and Planning.
Thelin, John R.
The notion of applied history is used to complicate present-minded conceptions of higher education by examining both the continuities and changes in colleges and universities. The collection of essays aims to leave the reader with two habits: (1) the active use of the methods and strategies of historical research in approaching professional problems; and (2) a penchant for reading varied sources beyond the predictable chores of "keeping up in the professional journals." Topics include certification, institutional structure, admissions, and connnections between national development and institution-building. Chapter 1, "Colleges and Universities," examines the uniqueness of higher education institutions, higher education as a field of study, historical sources in institutional research, and archives. Chapter 2, "Certification and Structure," examines the mixing of the medieval and modern university, followed in chapter 3, "The Collegiate Ideal," by a discussion of the Oxford-Cambridge legacy and how it affects higher education. Succeeding chapters include: 4, "Higher Education and National Development" (continental universities from 1600 to 1900); 5, "Institutional Roots" (identity crisis and confusions in higher education); 6, "The Sporting Life" (higher education and athletics); 7, "Gatekeepers and Headhunters" (admissions, exclusion, and sorting in higher education); 8, "Alma Mater, Inside and Out" (the college and university campus); and 9, "Future Tense Imperfect" (futurology and higher education's recent past). An epilogue and notes are also included. (LC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Archives, Athletics, Change Agents, College Administration, College Environment, College Planning, College Role, College Students, Cultural Context, Educational Change, Educational History, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Postsecondary Education as a Field of Study
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