Where are we going? Why are we in this handbasket?

  • David Perry
Book Review Essay

Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman Why Does College Cost So Much? Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, xii+289pp., $36.95. ISBN: 978-0199744503

Kevin Carey The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere. New York, Penguin, 2015, 288pp., $27.95. ISBN: 978-1594632051

Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs How College Works. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2014, 224pp., $29.95. ISBN: 978-0674049024

Michael M. Crow and William B. Dabars Designing the New American University. Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015, xiii+344pp., $34.95. ISBN: 978-1421417233

Michael Kennedy Globalizing Knowledge: Intellectuals, Universities, and Publics in Transformation. Stanford, CA, Stanford University Press, 2014, xviii+406pp., $34.95. ISBN: 978-0804793438

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Every week, another cry of crisis reverberates through the virtual and tangible spaces in which...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Perry
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryDominican UniversityRiver Forest

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