Books, Articles, and Items of Academic Interest
“Of the making of books there is no end,” warns the preacher in Ecclesiastes (12:12). He was, of course, right, but remarkably he hit on this apothegm well before the deluge of books about higher education.
At the beginning of his book, the preacher also mordantly proclaims, “All is vanity.” It would be difficult to disprove his observation by working through the flotsam of books on higher education. It is my job, however, to find the sand dollars amongst them. Or, to change the metaphor, to hunt mica-like glints of hope in the granite Tomb of Reason.
How to Run (away from) a College
Johns Hopkins University Press has just released a slew of books on higher education, including Brian C. Mitchell and W. Joseph King’s How to Run a College: A Practical Guide for Trustees, Faculty, Administrators, and Policymakers. In 149 compact pages, it covers the essentials of “governance and management,” finance, advancement, academic affairs, student life, athletics, “collaboration and technology,”...