Selected New Books on Higher Education

March 25, 2012

Arms and the University: Military Presence and the Civic Education of Non-Military Students, by Donald Alexander Downs and Ilia Murtzashvili (Cambridge University Press; 441 pages; $99 hardcover, $34.99 paperback). Traces the at-times contentious history of ROTC on campus and argues that the education of nonmilitary students is ultimately strengthened by the institutional and curricular presence of the military and military studies.

College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, by Andrew Delbanco (Princeton University Press; 240 pages; $24.95). Explores the idea of college in America since the Puritans and defends the continued value of a traditional, broadly humanistic, four-year college experience.

Communication Centers and Oral Communication Programs in Higher Education: Advantages, Challenges, and New Directions, edited by Eunkyong L. Yook and Wendy Atkins-Sayre (Lexington Books; 287 pages; $75). Writings on centers that support the work of communication departments or across-the-curriculum study in communication.

Confronting Equity Issues on Campus: Implementing the Equity Scorecard in Theory and Practice, edited by Estela Mara Bensimon and Lindsey Malcom (Stylus Publishing; 289 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $35 paperback). Writings by researchers at the University of Southern California’s Center for Urban Education and partners in the center’s Equity Scorecard project; case studies include an effort to improve student outcomes in mathematics at Los Angeles City College.

Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education, edited by Charles Secolsky and D. Brian Denison (Routledge; 680 pages; $119.95). A guide to assessment theory, method, and application.

Knowledge Transfer in Higher Education: Collaboration in the Arts and Humanities, by Lisa Mooney Smith (Palgrave Macmillan; 245 pages; $105). Focuses on British higher education, including a case study of a collaborative research team at the University of Nottingham studying the music and digital industries in England’s East Midlands.

Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success, by Mandy Savitz-Romer and Suzanne M. Bouffard (Harvard Education Press; 234 pages; $44.95 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Considers how an understanding of adolescent development can help in readying first-generation college students.

Servant Leadership for Higher Education: Principles and Practices, by Daniel Wheeler (Jossey-Bass; 208 pages; $40). Presents 10 principles of servant leadership and discusses their application to issues faced at the departmental and institutional levels.

Why Aren’t We There Yet? Taking Personal Responsibility for Creating an Inclusive Campus, edited by Jan Arminio, Vasti Torres, and Raechele L. Pope (Stylus Publishing; 206 pages; $75 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Writings by student-affairs professionals on such topics as moving beyond talk on inclusiveness to action.