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CAUT Bulletin Archives

April 2012


What It Was, Is and Should Be

Andrew Delbanco. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012; 240 pp; ISBN: 978-0-69113-073-6, cloth $24.95 USD.

As the commercialization of US higher education accelerates, more and more students are coming to college with the narrow aim of obtaining a preprofessional credential. The traditional college experience — an exploratory time for students to discover their passions and test ideas and values with the help of teachers and peers — is in danger of becoming a thing of the past. Andrew Delbanco argues for what a true college education should be, while demonstrating why making it available to as many young people as possible remains central to America’s democratic promise.

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