Principles, Practices, and Creative Tensions in Progressive Higher Education

One Institution’s Struggle to Sustain a Vision

  • Editors
  • Katherine Jelly
  • Alan Mandell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Katherine Jelly, Alan Mandell
    Pages 1-25
  3. Underlying Principles, Ideas and Values: Perennial Questions

  4. Student-Centered Pedagogy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Himanee Gupta-Carlson
      Pages 149-163
  5. Let 1,000 Flowers Bloom

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Rebecca Fraser, Sophia Mavrogiannis
      Pages 167-181
    3. David Starr-Glass
      Pages 201-213
  6. Organizational Frameworks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-242
    2. Chris Rounds
      Pages 255-272
    3. Sarah Hertz, Cathy Leaker, Rebecca Bonanno, Thalia Macmillan
      Pages 273-293
    4. Cindy Conaway, Christopher Whann
      Pages 295-311
    5. Barry Eisenberg
      Pages 313-335
  7. Empire State College in a Broader Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. Edward Warzala
      Pages 339-356
    3. Alan Mandell, Katherine Jelly
      Pages 393-398
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 399-412

About this book


In this multi-faceted case study of one progressive institution of adult higher education, the editors and contributors to the volume lay out significant challenges confronting not just non-traditional post-secondary colleges and universities but all institutions of higher education in today’s rapidly changing context. Contending that nontraditional institutions are especially challenged in these turbulent times, they argue that these organizations’ distinctive academic programs are among the most threatened in the landscape of higher education today. The 19 essays that make up this volume highlight and examine key creative tensions, rich interplays of emphases and values in higher education, in order to illuminate and address more intentionally the questions that we must address: Can we make constructive use of these tensions? Can we recognize what is at stake? And can we chart a course that will both respond innovatively to rapid change and sustain a vision and the purposes and principles on which that vision rests? Taken as a whole, this volume sheds light on the questions and creative tensions that can, with thoughtful attention, help to keep an alternative, progressive vision of adult higher education alive.


Higher Education Reform Adult Higher Education Progressive Education Nontraditional Higher Education Empire State College of the State University of New York

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-884-6
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