The Issue at a Glance

Acres of Rhinestones: Temple Betrays Its Heritage (10.1007/s12129-009-9118-6)

Stephen Zelnick, Temple University

Temple University has steadily abandoned its commitment to liberal education, and recently replaced its Great Books-centered “Intellectual Heritage Program” with “Mosaic,” which focuses on contemporary concerns and social justice. Where once gleamed acres of diamonds, Prof. Zelnick now finds piles of rhinestones.

Difficult Labor: The Perils of Birthing a New College (10.1007/s12129-009-9115-9)

Richard J. Bishirjian, Yorktown University

A funny thing happened on his way to reform high education. Dr. Bishirjian, founder of Yorktown University, an online institution whose focus is training for citizenship, describes the often circuitous path to higher education accreditation.

Wasting Away: Chicago’s Declining Core (10.1007/s12129-009-9119-5)

Adam Kissel

Mr. Kissel carefully documents the minute curricular dismantling that began during the 1990s that has greatly weakened the famous and vigorous core of the University of Chicago.

Antioch Self-Destructs (10.1007/s12129-009-9113-y)

Howard S. Schwartz, Oakland University

Prof. Schwartz traces the slow suicide of a deeply ambivalent administration bent on the radical self-transformation of Antioch College (his alma mater) in the name of a proposed higher social good—cultural pluralism.

Taking the Pulse of Historically Black Colleges (10.1007/s12129-009-9116-8)

Sheldon Avery, Harford Community College

Prof. Avery presents a thorough account of the history and current health of America’s historically black colleges and universities (HCBUs), and finds that while some have not survived, a significant proportion of HCBUs today are thriving.

The AAUP: A Moral Autopsy (10.1007/s12129-009-9117-7)

Norman Fruman, emeritus, University of Minnesota

In a deeply personal account Prof. Norman Fruman, a former American Association of University Professors member, examines the AAUP’s moral decline as it has gradually deserted its commitment to academic freedom.

Old Ills, New Remedies: A Conversation with Diane Auer Jones (10.1007/s12129-009-9120-z)

Carol Iannone, National Association of Scholars

Carol Iannone interviews education and public policy reformer Diane Auer Jones, former assistant secretary for postsecondary education under President George W. Bush. A champion of community college education, Jones speaks on a variety of topics from President Obama’s plans for higher education to women in science.

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