higher education: some basic readings

A loyal orghead asked for a post on readings that address the organization of higher education, to help them understand why the system is set up the way it is. Today, we’ll start with some basics:

The last volume is an anthology that summarizes recent work in a number of areas, including a chapter by me on movements and higher ed.

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Written by fabiorojas

June 20, 2014 at 12:01 am

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  1. Super helpful for someone like me who is constantly tweaking her Higher Ed in America syllabus! Thank you!



    June 20, 2014 at 1:24 am

  2. Social Knowledge in the Making, eds. Camic, Gross, and Lamont. might be useful too


    Chris M

    June 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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  4. There’s not really one killer book that explains how we got here, is there? For overall scope, I’d pick Roger Geiger’s Knowledge and Money: Mitchell Stevens’ Creating a Class is amazing on the organizational dynamics that reproduce inequality ( I’m looking forward to reading Joel & Eric Best’s The Student Loan Mess ( soon, as well as Suzanne Mettler’s Degrees of Inequality ( And on the self-promotional front, Creating the Market University ( addresses the science side of this from an organizational perspective.



    June 21, 2014 at 1:40 am

  5. Oh, and Derek Bok’s Higher Education in America ( is a great big-picture overview, though not especially organizational.



    June 21, 2014 at 1:43 am

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  7. I’ll second Degrees of Inequality! An excellent take on the recent politics of higher ed, with a special focus on the conditions leading to the emergence of the for-profits. Very useful, very readable.


    Dan Hirschman

    June 21, 2014 at 9:07 pm

  8. I would probably add The Diverted Dream (Brint & Karabel)..



    June 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

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