Selected New Books on Higher Education

November 28, 2010

Asian Women in Higher Education: Shared Communities, by Kalwant Bhopal (Trentham Books, distributed by Stylus Publishing; 148 pages; $34.95). Explores the experiences of women of South Asian descent in British higher education.

Breaking Through the Access Barrier: How Academic Capital Formation Can Improve Policy in Higher Education, by Edward P. St. John, Shouping Hou, and Amy S. Fisher (Routledge; 278 pages; $135 hardcover, $44.95 paperback). Considers ways of improving educational access for low-income students through "academic capital formation," a term used to refer to families' knowledge of educational options and strategies, and related career goals.

Coming in From the Margins: Faculty Development's Emerging Organizational Development Role in Institutional Change, by Connie Schroeder and others (Stylus Publishing; 304 pages; $75 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Topics include new roles for faculty-development centers and new ways such centers can enhance their institutional presence.

Degrees of Inequality: Culture, Class, and Gender in American Higher Education, by Ann L. Mullen (Johns Hopkins University Press; 264 pages; $50). Uses interviews of 100 students from Yale and Southern Connecticut State Universities to examine how gender and social background affect every aspect of the college experience.

Does God Make a Difference? Taking Religion Seriously in Our Schools and Universities, by Warren A. Nord (Oxford University Press; 344 pages; $29.95). Argues that the study of religion is essential to liberal education and critical thinking; defends requiring that both high-school and college students take a yearlong course in religious studies.

Handbook of Engaged Scholarship: Contemporary Landscapes, Future Directions: Volume 1: Institutional Change (460 pages; $49.95), Volume 2: Community-Campus Partnerships (520 pages; $49.95), edited by Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Cathy Burack, and Sarena D. Seifer (Michigan State University Press). Writings on conceptual, practical, and other aspects of the growing public engagement of American colleges and universities.

Interdisciplinary Conversations: Challenging Habits of Thought, by Myra H. Strober (Stanford University Press; 219 pages; $35). Offers case studies of the at-times stormy interactions of faculty members at six seminars set up by three research universities to encourage interdisciplinarity.

Making Online Teaching Accessible: Inclusive Course Design for Students With Disabilities, by Norman Coombs (Jossey-Bass; 192 pages; $28). Topics include the use of popular programs and multimedia tools.

Reframing Writing Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning, by Linda Adler-Kassner and Peggy O'Neill (Utah State University Press; 207 pages; $24.95). A guide for faculty members and administrators involved in two- and four-year college writing programs; topics include ways to conceive and communicate the goals of such programs to campus and wider communities.

Why Does College Cost So Much? by Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman (Oxford University Press; 289 pages; $35). Analyzes both costs and prices in a study that sets American higher education, as an industry, in the context of the broader economy and economic growth over time; draws parallels with other sectors.