New Book: Pursuing Quality, Access, and Affordability

Posted by Stylus Publishing on March 16, 2021

Pursuing Quality, Access, and Affordability, A Field Guide to Improving Higher Education by Stephen C. Ehrmann

Whether they recognize it or not, virtually all colleges and universities face three Grand Challenges:

  • Improve the learning outcomes of a higher education: A large majority of college graduates are weak in capabilities that faculty and employers both see as crucial.
  • Extend more equitable access to degrees: Too often, students from underserved groups and poor households either don’t enter college or else drop out without a degree. The latter group may be worse off economically than if they’d never attempted college.
  • Make academic programs more affordable (in money and time) for students and other important stakeholder groups: Many potential students believe they lack the money or time needed for academic success. Many faculty believe they don’t have time to make their courses and degree programs more effective. Many institutions believe they can’t afford to improve outcomes.

These challenges are global. But, in a higher education system such as that in the United States, the primary response must be institutional. This book analyzes how, over the years, six pioneering colleges and universities have begun to make visible, cumulative progress on all three fronts.

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