Fall 2010

Debates in Private American Higher Education

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-38  |  Political Science, as POSC-38


Anthony W. Marx (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 38 and POSC 38 [AP].)  Debates  continue about the purpose, content, admission and costs in private higher education, which this seminar will explore from varied views.  We will begin with some discussion of the mission of universities/colleges (eg., Weber, Whitehead, Ortega y Gasset) and their social impact (Goldin and Katz's The Race between Education and Technology).  We will then move into debates about the curriculum (Menand, Kronman, Derek Bok's Our Underachieving Colleges, and Harry Lewis's Excellence without a Soul).  On admissions we will use Karabel's The Chosen, Lehman's The Big Test, various Supreme Court decisions, and Golden's The Price of Admission.  On financial aid, we will read McPherson and Schapiro's Student Aid Game and works by Richard Kahlenberg.

Limited to 12 students.  In order to be admitted to this course, interested students should preregister and submit a one page statement by April 26, 2010, to president@amherst.edu describing why they wish to take this course. Fall semester.  Professor Marx.

If Overenrolled: one page paper must be submitted to instructor in advance

Cost: $$26.39 ?

AMST 38 - L/D

Section 01
W 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM PRDT LR

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
America's Untapped Resource : Low-Income Students in Higher Education Amherst Books TBD
Big Test Amherst Books TBD
Excellence Without a Soul : Does Liberal Education Have a Future? Amherst Books TBD
Our Underachieving Colleges Amherst Books TBD
Student Aid Game: Meeting Need and Rewarding Talent in American Higher Education Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2010