Product Description Colleges and universities are among the most cherished?and controversial?institutions in the United States. In this updated edition of A History of American Higher Education, John R. Thelin offers welcome perspective on the triumphs and crises of this highly influential sector in American life. Thelinâs work has distinguished itself as the most wide-ranging and engaging account of the origins and evolution of America's institutions of higher learning. This edition brings the discussion of perennial hot-button issues such as big-time sports programs up to date and addresses such current areas of contention as the changing role of governing boards and the financial challenges posed by the economic downturn. Review "A History of American Higher Education is a 'must read' for any scholar either teaching or taking a course in educational history." (Elea U. Herrera Historical Studies in Education) Review "Worthy of being the major new overview of U.S. higher education." ( Education Review) "Destined to be the standard work in this area for years to come." ( Journal of College Student Development) "A readable and concise introduction to this subject, it propels audience members to develop an appreciation for the heterogeneous... academe story as a whole." ( Teachers College Record) About the Author John R. Thelin is University Research Professor and a member of the Educational Policy Studies Department at the University of Kentucky. His many books include Games Colleges Play: Scandal and Reform in Intercollegiate Athletics, also published by Johns Hopkins.