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