Privatization and the Public Good: Public Universities in the Balance (Paperback)

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"Public education is in crisis--and it has been for some time. The problem is, no one can agree on the problem, and when there is no agreement on the problem, developing solutions is nearly impossible." Thus writes Matthew T. Lambert in this study of present-day public higher education, which is currently plagued by momentous challenges.

In Privatization and the Public Good, Lambert examines a range of developments related to the "privatization" of public higher education in the United States, including increasing "institutional autonomy, higher tuition, diminishing appropriations, alternative revenue sources such as philanthropy and new business ventures, and modified governance relationships." These developments, in turn, have resulted in an uncertain future for public academic institutions across the country, posing unprecedented questions and challenges for them.

Through a wide-ranging analysis of the current situation and detailed case studies that focus on prominent public universities in Virginia, North Carolina, and California, Privatization and the Public Good provides a panoramic account of the challenges faced by public institutions. Insightful and essential, this book makes a crucial contribution to the current reassessment of higher education in the United States.

About the Author

Matthew T. Lambert is the Vice President for University Advancement at The College of William & Mary, where he also teaches undergraduate and graduate students in public policy and education. Prior to working at William & Mary, he managed multiple areas of university advancement at Georgetown University, where he also taught in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Dr. Lambert received his bachelor's degree from William & Mary, his master's degree from The Ohio State University, and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests center on the changing landscape of American higher education, where new models of public and private support will shape educational institutions in the century ahead. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife and two sons.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781612507316
ISBN-10: 161250731X
Publisher: Harvard Education PR
Publication Date: September 1st, 2014
Pages: 344
Language: English