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Private sectors in higher education : structure, function, and change in eight countries / Roger L. Geiger

Main Author Geiger, Roger L. Country Estados Unidos. Publication Rexdale : The University of Michigan Press, imp. 1989 Description XIV, 296 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-472-06368-5 CDU 378
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Monografia Biblioteca de Ciências da Educação
BCE 378 - G Available 109890
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The first scholarly treatment of private education outside the United States.

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Since WW II, enrollments in private colleges and universities have shrunk from one half of total enrollments to less than one quarter. Yet private institutions continue to have impressive prestige. Do they merely duplicate what is available, at lower cost, at public colleges? Do they have any special role to play? This volume attempts to confront these questions by looking at the US system from a cross-national perspective. Geiger is the first to do this, and thus the work is both unique and important. He examines eight national systems that mix public and private higher education in an effort to synthesize what is characteristic of private higher learning and to draw generalizations about the special attributes of privateness in America. He concludes that privateness allows for a high degree of diversity and cultural pluralism, enabling students a wider range of choices than would be otherwise available. The possibility of rapid innovation is another benefit of this diversity. A less positive consequence is the greater possibility of cultural fragmentation and incoherence. This study emerged from the Program on Nonprofit Organizations at Yale. The notes and bibliography are noteworthy, enhancing an already essential work. For graduate students, upper-division undergraduates, and general readers.-L.S. Zwerling, New York University

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