The Shape and Shaping of the College and University in America: A Lively Experiment
This book presents the issues, controversies, and key players that formed and enabled the American college and university to endure as a critical institution of the nation and society. Nelson examines contested issues and concerns in the academy such as the role and position of religion; place and value of the liberal arts; the threat of disunity and balkanization; ideological contentions and fights for control; the effect of politics and ideologies on its future as an institution; its role as a critic and servant of society; and its promotion of academic freedom, free speech, and liberty. This overview, combined with Nelson’s examination of the historical dramas, influential political forces, and stories of key personalities, provides a nuanced understanding of the evolution of the academy that scholars of Education, American History, and Philosophy will appreciate.
Nelson, Stephen J. (2016). The Shape and Shaping of the College and University in America: A Lively Experiment. : Lexington Books