Ernest L. Boyer

Hope for Today's Universities

Edited by Todd C. Ream & John M. Braxton

Subjects: Education, Higher Education, Educational Administration, History Of Education, Education Policy And Leadership
Paperback : 9781438455648, 304 pages, January 2016
Hardcover : 9781438455655, 304 pages, April 2015

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Table of contents

Shaping the Debate: A Reflection on Ernest L. Boyer’s Approach to Education Policy
Mary Taylor Huber
Facing Not So New Realities
Todd C. Ream and John M. Braxton
1. The Financial Crisis
John J. Cheslock
Thinking About the Unthinkable: Tuition and Student Fees in Public Higher Education
Financing Higher Education: Reshaping National Priorities
2. General Education and the Quest for Purpose
Cynthia A. Wells
The Core of Learning
The Core Curriculum: A Critique of Uncriticized Assumptions
General Education: The Integrated Core
3. Leading Academic
David S. Guthrie
Leadership: A Clear and Vital Mission
Academic Leadership: Some Personal Reflections
Reflections on Higher Education in the 1980s
Rebirth of Leadership from the Ashes of Bureaucracy
4. (Re)Defining Scholarship
Claire Howell Major
Naumburg Memorial Lecture
The New American Scholar
Assessing Scholarship
5. Crisis in Student Community
Robert D. Reason, Ezekiel W. Kimball, and Jessica Bennett
Education 2000: New Wine, New Bottles
The Greatness of a University
The Educated Heart: The Social and Moral Imperatives of Education
6. Access to College is About Equality of Opportunity
Vasti Torres
Boyer Calls for Equity in Five-Point Strategy
Higher Education: Access and Excellence
Celebrating Diversity: Building Community
Foreword: History of Empire State College
Excellence and Equity
7. Which Public to Serve
Kelly Ward
Higher Education: Priorities for the Future
The Engaged Scholar
Conclusion: Inspiring Hope
Todd C. Ream and John M. Braxton
Afterword: Education for the Common Good
Marty Kaplan

Assesses the challenges plaguing our higher education system through selections of Ernest L. Boyer’s writings


Having served as chancellor of the State University of New York, the United States commissioner of education, and president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Ernest L. Boyer (1928–1995) was one of the most prominent leaders in the history of American higher education. Arguably more aware of the challenges facing colleges and universities than any of his peers, the administrative decisions and the writings he left behind provide a wealth of possibilities for subsequent generations of administrators and faculty members. In this book noted higher education scholars examine some of the most pressing crises in higher education today, pairing their thoughts with relevant selections from Boyer's important writings—some published here for the first time. The volume provides answers to questions perceived to be plaguing academe, while reintroducing readers to the optimistic and insightful wisdom of Ernest L. Boyer.

Todd C. Ream is Professor of Higher Education at Taylor University and Research Fellow with Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. He is the coauthor of several books, including The Idea of a Christian College: A Reexamination for Today's University and Christian Faith and Scholarship: An Exploration of Contemporary Developments. John M. Braxton is Professor of Education at Vanderbilt University. He is the coeditor of several books, including Rethinking College Student Retention and Professors Behaving Badly: Faculty Misconduct in Graduate Education.


"Such a marvelous tribute to Ernest Boyer is richly deserved and a long time coming. I can think of no one more instrumental in the advancement of education in our era, and the State University of New York was profoundly shaped by his leadership. This volume and its lessons will go a long way toward guiding and inspiring generations of teachers and administrators. " — Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, The State University of New York