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Sims, Christo – Princeton University Press, 2017
In New York City in 2009, a new kind of public school opened its doors to its inaugural class of middle schoolers. Conceived by a team of game designers and progressive educational reformers and backed by prominent philanthropic foundations, it promised to reinvent the classroom for the digital age. Ethnographer Christo Sims documented the life of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Public Schools, Middle Schools, Technology Uses in Education
Akers, Beth; Chingos, Matthew M. – Princeton University Press, 2017
College tuition and student debt levels have been rising at an alarming pace for at least two decades. These trends, coupled with an economy weakened by a major recession, have raised serious questions about whether we are headed for a major crisis, with borrowers defaulting on their loans in unprecedented numbers and taxpayers being forced to…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Higher Education, Student Loan Programs, Debt (Financial)
Bowen, William G.; McPherson, Michael S. – Princeton University Press, 2016
American higher education faces some serious problems--but they are not the ones most people think. In this brief and accessible book, two leading experts show that many so-called crises--from the idea that typical students are drowning in debt to the belief that tuition increases are being driven by administrative bloat--are exaggerated or simply…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Quality, Educational Change, Misconceptions
Bowen, William G. – Princeton University Press, 2015
Two of the most visible and important trends in higher education today are its exploding costs and the rapid expansion of online learning. Could the growth in online courses slow the rising cost of college and help solve the crisis of affordability? In this short and incisive book, William G. Bowen, one of the foremost experts on the intersection…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Trends, Technology Uses in Education, Online Courses
Anderson, Elizabeth – Princeton University Press, 2013
More than forty years have passed since Congress, in response to the Civil Rights Movement, enacted sweeping antidiscrimination laws in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. As a signal achievement of that legacy, in 2008, Americans elected their first African American president. Some would…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Racial Integration, African Americans, United States History
Delbanco, Andrew – Princeton University Press, 2012
As the commercialization of American higher education accelerates, more and more students are coming to college with the narrow aim of obtaining a preprofessional credential. The traditional four-year college experience--an exploratory time for students to discover their passions and test ideas and values with the help of teachers and peers--is in…
Descriptors: Commercialization, Humanistic Education, United States History, Global Approach
Berman, Elizabeth Popp – Princeton University Press, 2012
American universities today serve as economic engines, performing the scientific research that will create new industries, drive economic growth, and keep the United States globally competitive. But only a few decades ago, these same universities self-consciously held themselves apart from the world of commerce. "Creating the Market University" is…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Industry, Universities, Intellectual Property
Khan, Shamus Rahman – Princeton University Press, 2012
As one of the most prestigious high schools in the nation, St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, has long been the exclusive domain of America's wealthiest sons. But times have changed. Today, a new elite of boys and girls is being molded at St. Paul's, one that reflects the hope of openness but also the persistence of inequality. In…
Descriptors: Private Schools, High School Students, Interpersonal Relationship, Socioeconomic Status
Borsch, Frederick Houk – Princeton University Press, 2012
In 1981, Frederick Houk Borsch returned to Princeton University, his alma mater, to serve as dean of the chapel at the Ivy League school. In "Keeping Faith at Princeton," Borsch tells the story of Princeton's journey from its founding in 1746 as a college for Presbyterian ministers to the religiously diverse institution it is today. He…
Descriptors: Administrators, Civil Rights, Universities, Educational History
Bowen, William G.; Chingos, Matthew M.; McPherson, Michael S. – Princeton University Press, 2011
The United States has long been a model for accessible, affordable education, as exemplified by the country's public universities. And yet less than 60 percent of the students entering American universities today are graduating. Why is this happening, and what can be done? "Crossing the Finish Line" provides the most detailed exploration…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Graduation, Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate
Wainer, Howard – Princeton University Press, 2011
"Uneducated Guesses" challenges everything our policymakers thought they knew about education and education reform, from how to close the achievement gap in public schools to admission standards for top universities. In this explosive book, Howard Wainer uses statistical evidence to show why some of the most widely held beliefs in…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Academic Achievement, Aptitude Tests, Achievement Gap
Loss, Christopher P. – Princeton University Press, 2011
This book tracks the dramatic outcomes of the federal government's growing involvement in higher education between World War I and the 1970s, and the conservative backlash against that involvement from the 1980s onward. Using cutting-edge analysis, Christopher Loss recovers higher education's central importance to the larger social and political…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Higher Education, United States History, Educational History
Walsh, Taylor – Princeton University Press, 2011
Over the past decade, a small revolution has taken place at some of the world's leading universities, as they have started to provide free access to undergraduate course materials--including syllabi, assignments, and lectures--to anyone with an Internet connection. Yale offers high-quality audio and video recordings of a careful selection of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Online Courses
Hersh, Reuben; John-Steiner, Vera – Princeton University Press, 2010
Mathematics is often thought of as the coldest expression of pure reason. But few subjects provoke hotter emotions--and inspire more love and hatred--than mathematics. And although math is frequently idealized as floating above the messiness of human life, its story is nothing if not human; often, it is all too human. "Loving and Hating…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Misconceptions, Negative Attitudes, Positive Attitudes
Khurana, Rakesh – Princeton University Press, 2010
Is management a profession? Should it be? Can it be? This major work of social and intellectual history reveals how such questions have driven business education and shaped American management and society for more than a century. The book is also a call for reform. Rakesh Khurana shows that university-based business schools were founded to train a…
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Social Status, Intellectual History, Social Change
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