Higher Education for the Public Good: Emerging Voices from a National Movement

Higher Education for the Public Good: Emerging Voices from a National Movement

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This important book explores the various ways that higher education contributes to the realization of significant public ends and examines how leaders can promote and enhance their contribution to the social charter through new policies and best practices. It also shows how other sectors of society, government agencies, foundations, and individuals can partner with institutions of higher education to promote the public good. Higher Education for the Public Good includes contributions from leaders in the field—many of whom participated in dialogues hosted by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good. These leaders are responsible for creating successful strategies, programs, and efforts that foster the public’s role in higher education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119177951
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/22/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 874,024
File size: 851 KB

About the Author

Adrianna J. Kezar is associate professor at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Understanding and Facilitating Change in the 21st Century from Jossey-Bass.

Tony C. Chambers is senior fellow at the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good and faculty in the Program on American Cultures at the University of Michigan.

John C. Burkhardt is professor of higher and postsecondary education at the University of Michigan and is director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good.

Table of Contents


About the Authors.

Part One: Exploring the Public Good.

1. The Special Role of Higher Education in Society: As a Public Good for the Public Good (Tony C. Chambers).

2. Challenges for Higher Education in Serving the Public Good (Adrianna J. Kezar).

3. Creating a Metamovement: A Vision Toward Regaining the Public Social Charter (Adrianna J. Kezar).

Part Two: Public Policy and the Public Good.

4. State Governance and the Public Good (David Longanecker).

5. Listening to the Public: A New Agenda for Higher Education? (David Mathews).

6. Trusteeship and the Public Good (Richard Novak, Susan Whealler Johnston).

7. The Public Good and a Racially Diverse Democracy (Denise O’Neil Green, William T. Trent).

Part Three: Cross-Sector Issues and the Public Good.

8. Liberal Education and the Civic Engagement Gap (Carol Geary Schneider).

9. The Disciplines and the Public Good (Edward Zlotkowski).

10. Scholarship for the Public Good: Living in Pasteur’s Quadrant (Judith A. Ramaley).

Part Four: Institutional Governance and Leadership for the Public Good.

11. Integrating a Commitment to the Public Good into the Institutional Fabric (Lee Benson, Ira Harkavy, Matthew Hartley).

12. Rethinking Faculty Roles and Rewards for the Public Good (Kelly Ward).

13. Institutional Differences in Pursuing the Public Good (Barbara A. Holland).

Part Five: Individual Leadership for the Public Good.

14. Leading the Engaged Institution (James C. Votruba).

15. Preparing Doctoral Students for Faculty Careers That Contribute to the Public Good (Ann Austin, Benita J. Barnes).

16. Let Us Speak: Including Students’ Voices in the Public Good of Higher Education (Stephen John Quaye).

17. Presidential Leadership for the Public Good (Martha W. Gilliland).

Part Six: Concluding Thoughts on the Public Good.

18. Creating Dialogue: A New Charter and Vision of the Public Good (Adrianna J. Kezar).

19. Pondering the Social Charter: Critical Reflection for Leaders (Tony C. Chambers).

Name Index.

Subject Index.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"This carefully researched and thoughtful book adds insights critical to better understanding the twenty-first century issues and challenges dramatically reshaping the social charter between higher education and society. It is a call for a national dialogue that will serve as bedrock for strengthening the increasingly fragile relationship between society and institutions of higher education. College and university, as well as governmental leaders will find the multiple perspectives assembled in this book a practical and timely resource in exchanging views about the public trust and the reciprocal relationships between society and institutions of higher education."
—Lou Anna Kimsey Simon, president, Michigan State University

"In face of new social and economic challenges, Higher Education for the Public Good raises important questions and thought-provoking suggestions about how we might adapt our academic offerings and outreach efforts while remaining true to our first principles in a manner that ensures accountability, fosters trust, and preserves and sustains the social compact with our citizens."
—Molly Corbett Broad, president, University of North Carolina

"This timely and thoughtful book explores the ways a university, public or private, can and should be a public good: educating future citizens, preserving the cultures of the past and laying the groundwork for the future, making discoveries that change the world, and engaging with its many constituencies and communities on the critical societal issues of the day. This collection is a must-read for anyone who cares about higher education."
—Nancy Cantor, chancellor and president, Syracuse University

"If you care—and worry—about American higher education and its leadership role in our society, then read this book.  It does not answer tough questions with simplistic formulas; however, thanks to an outstanding set of authors, it will provoke you to think hard about important issues that need strenuous debate as we work for sensible educational policies that promote the well-being of our nation.  Such a debate will serve the public good by challenging us to think both within and outside of the academy."
—C. Peter Magrath, president, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges

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