The Economics of American Higher Education

The Economics of American Higher Education

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Postsecondary educational institutions in the United States are facing increasing financial stress and waning public support. Unless these trends can be changed, higher education can be expected to stagnate. What, if anything, can be done? As a starting point, advocates of higher education need to more fully recognize the issues associated with the economic mission of higher education and how this mission gets translated into individual student gains, regional growth, and social equity. This requires an understanding of the relationship between the outcomes of higher education and measures of economic productivity and well-being. This volume addresses topics related to the role of postsecondary education in microeconomic development within the United States. At- tention is given to the importance of colleges and universities 'in the enhancement of individual students and in the advancement of the com- munities and states within which they work. Although several of the chapters in this volume are aimed at research/teaching universities, much of what is presented throughout can be generalized to all of postsecondary education. Little attention, however, is given to the role of higher education in the macroeconomic development of the United States; this topic is covered in our related book, American Higher Education and National Growth.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 349 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 20.57mm | 1,510g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1992 ed.
  • XII, 349 p.
  • 0792391640
  • 9780792391647

Table of contents

Preface. 1. Preview of the Economics of American Higher Education; W.E. Becker, D.R. Lewis. Part One: The Missions of American Higher Education. 2. The Teaching Role of Contemporary American Higher Education: Popular Imagery and Organizational Reality; J.C. Hearn. 3. The Research and Service Missions of the University; G.E. Schuh, V.W. Ruttan. Part Two: Higher Education as Personal Investment and Advancement. 4. Why Go to College? The Value of an Investment in Higher Education; W.E. Becker. 5. Wages of College Graduates; K.M. Murphy, F. Welch. 6. Private Returns to Specific College Majors; M.C. Berger. 7. Private Nonmonetary Returns to Investment in Higher Education; E. Cohn, T.G. Geske. Part Three: Higher Education and Regional Growth. 8. The Role of Universities in Regional Economic Development; T.R. Smith, M. Drabenstott. 9. Higher Education and Regional Development; L.L. Leslie, S.A. Slaughter. 10. Measuring the Regional Economic Effects of Federal Research Grants; R.D. Goodman, W.C. Weiler. 11. The Ambiguous Link: Private Industry and University Research; R.L. Geiger. Part Four: Higher Education as Social Investment for Equity. 12. Equity Issues in Higher Education Outcomes; M.S. Anderson, J.C. Hearn.
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` This book has much to recommend it. The papers are well written and well researched. The bibliographies are very rich. Any economist with an interest in the economics of higher education should make this book a part of his or her collection. '
The Southern Economic Journal, 60:1
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