(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 firstname.lastname@example.org describing why they wish to take this course. Fall semester. Professor Marx.
If Overenrolled: one page paper must be submitted to instructor in advance