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The real world of college : what higher education is and what it can be / Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner.

Author/creator Fischman, Wendy author.
Other author/creatorGardner, Howard, 1943- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The MIT Press, [2022]
Copyright Notice ©2022
Descriptionxix, 384 pages ; 22 cm
Subject(s)
Contents Introduction -- Part 1. What We Did, Why We Did It, and How We Did It. The "what" question : A campus visit -- The "why" question : Background and context for our study -- The "how questions" : Our methods -- Part 2. The Individual Learner. Higher education capital : What higher education should achieve -- Learnings, earnings, and yearnings : Mental models of the college experience -- Part 3. The Campus Culture. A pervasive finding : Mental health issues -- On belonging and alienation -- Part 4. What's to be Done. Stepping back and looking ahead : From is to ought -- Feedback to schools -- Part 5. Messages to Constituencies ... and to Ourselves. Messages to diverse constituencies -- Epilogue : The authors reflect.
Abstract "For The Real World of College, Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner analyzed in-depth interviews with more than 2,000 students, alumni, faculty, administrators, parents, trustees, and others, which were conducted at ten institutions ranging from highly selective liberal arts colleges to less-selective state schools. What they found challenged characterizations in the media: students are not preoccupied by political correctness, free speech, or even the cost of college. They are most concerned about their GPA and their resumes; they see jobs and earning potential as more important than learning. Many say they face mental health challenges, fear that they don't belong, and feel a deep sense of alienation. Given this daily reality for students, has higher education lost its way? Fischman and Gardner contend that US universities and colleges must focus sharply on their core educational mission. Fischman and Gardner, both recognized authorities on education and learning, argue that higher education in the United States has lost sight of its principal reason for existing: not vocational training, not the provision of campus amenities, but to increase what Fischman and Gardner call "higher education capital"--to help students think well and broadly, express themselves clearly, explore new areas, and be open to possible transformations. Fischman and Gardner offer cogent recommendations for how every college can become a community of learners who are open to change as thinkers, citizens, and human beings."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index
Issued in other formOnline version: Fischman, Wendy, Real world of college Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, ]2022] 9780262046534
Genre/formCase studies.
LCCN 2021014609
ISBN9780262046534 hardcover
ISBN0262046539 hardcover

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