© 2007

International Handbook of Higher Education

  • James J. F. Forest
  • Philip G. Altbach
  • Uniquely combines scholarly perspectives with an international set of descriptions and analyses

  • Provides a unique "one stop" resource for the latest trends and developments in higher education worldwide

  • Nineteen thematic chapters in Volume I deal with academic freedom, university governance and management, European integration, quality and assessment, teaching, student political activism, scientific research, private institutions, technology and other contemporary events

  • Thirty-six chapters in Volume II provide basic statistical data and cover the development of a nation's universities and their role in society, student and faculty issues, university-government relations, and other contemporary concerns

  • The analysis in these chapters is unique


Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Global Themes and Contemporary Challenges

    1. James J. F. Forest, Philip G. Altbach
      Pages 1-4
    2. Jürgen Enders
      Pages 5-21
    3. Lisa R. Lattuca
      Pages 39-64
    4. Arthur M. Hauptman
      Pages 83-106
    5. Kevin Kinser, Daniel C. Levy
      Pages 107-119
    6. Harold Perkin
      Pages 159-205
    7. David E. Bloom, Matthew Hartley, Henry Rosovsky
      Pages 293-308
    8. Grant Harman
      Pages 309-328
    9. Philip G. Altbach
      Pages 329-345
    10. James J. F. Forest
      Pages 347-375

About this book


Higher education is a truly global activity, built around the intersections of international knowledge networks in which institutions, faculty and students explore, create and share knowledge. Virtually all colleges and universities stem from a common organizational model and intellectual history, and academic disciplines are defined worldwide in common terms – the study of sociology in Japan or Germany is seen roughly the same as the study of sociology in Canada or the United States.

The purpose of this publication is to provide a central, authoritative reference source on the most essential topics of higher education. The International Handbook of Higher Education combines a rich diversity of scholarly perspectives with a wide range of internationally derived descriptions and analyses. Chapters in the first volume cover central themes in the study of higher education, while contributors to the second volume focus on contemporary higher education issues within specific countries or regions. Together, these volumes provide a centralized, easily accessible, yet scholarly source of information.

Research scholars and graduate level students in higher education and related fields will find the Handbook useful for advancing their exploration of these central issues, while policymakers and academic administrators will find the thoughtful essays on a particular topic useful for decision-making. Overall, this Handbook provides a centralized collection of scholarship on an essential worldwide social institution.




Editors and affiliations

  • James J. F. Forest
    • 1
  • Philip G. Altbach
    • 2
  1. 1.U.S. Military AcademyWest PointUSA
  2. 2.Boston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

Bibliographic information


".. The volume is indeed very rich with in-depth, scholarly and analytical contributions made by as many as 50 serious researchers to various aspects of higher education. The empirical insights the various contributors provide are valuable and educational planners and researchers would find the handbook immensely useful."

Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, volume XXI, no. 1, January 2007