Killing Public Higher Education

1st Edition

The Arms Race for Research Prestige

Authors: David Stocum
Paperback ISBN: 9780124115101
eBook ISBN: 9780124115385
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th February 2013
Page Count: 46
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This is an opinion piece from a highly qualified professor of science who has served in administration highlights the need for reform in our public higher education research institutions.  In this well-researched reference, Dr. Stocum illustrates how the competition among the public flagship universities for more money, research prestige, and power, and the imposition of mission differentiation on public universities, is detrimental to the educational needs of 21st century. The goal of the work is to expose the issues that exist, give a voice to under-recognized institutions and to provide suggestions for more effective education system moving forward.

Key Features

  • A well researched reference on widespread policy
  • Offers insightful reflection based on first-hand experience
  • Examines and proposes solutions to ignite the conversation and promote possible solutions to the problems in our present higher education structure

Table of Contents


About the Author

Killing Public Higher Education: The Arms Race for Research Prestige


The Addiction to Research Prestige Contributes to the Increasing Costs of Higher Education

Portrait of the Flagships

Rationales for Mission Differentiation

Rankism: The Underlying Disease of the Caste System

Research Prestige and Athletic Prestige: Brothers Under the Skin

The Future of Higher Education

Defining the Purpose of Undergraduate Education

The Urban University as a Model for the Twenty-First Century



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About the Author

David Stocum

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA