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Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education

Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education

by Jon McGee
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The challenges facing colleges and universities today are profound and complex. Fortunately, Jon McGee is an ideal guide through this dynamic marketplace. In Breakpoint, he argues that higher education is in the midst of an extraordinary moment of demographic, economic, and cultural transition that has significant implications for how colleges understand their mission, their market, and their management.

Drawing from an extensive assessment of demographic and economic trends, McGee presents a broad and integrative picture of these changes while stressing the importance of decisive campus leadership. He describes the key forces that influence higher education and provides a framework from which trustees, presidents, administrators, faculty, and policy makers can address pressing issues in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Although McGee avoids endorsing one-size-fits-all solutions, he suggests a number of concrete strategies for handling prospective students and developing pedagogical practices, curricular content and delivery, and management structures. Practical and compelling, Breakpoint will help higher education leaders make choices that advance their institutional values and serve their students and the common good for generations to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421418209
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 533,579
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jon McGee is the vice president for planning and public affairs at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 A Liminal Moment 1

2 A Brief History of [Contemporary] Time 8

3 Demographic Disruption 22

4 Economic Disruption 42

5 Cultural Disruption 64

6 No Line on the Horizon 83

7 Toward a New Marketplace 100

8 Reimagine the Future: Think. Different 107

9 Breakpoint 142

Acknowledgments 145

Notes 149

Index 165

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Stephen R. Lewis Jr.

"A helpful, highly readable guide to the landscape of higher education, Breakpoint is effectively informed by Jon McGee's long experience in the field."

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