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Publisher Description

Since his early days at the University of California, Berkeley, when he was fired
for refusing to sign a loyalty oath during the Red Scare, Charles Muscatine has been a dedicated
teacher and higher education reformer. Upon his reinstatement at Berkeley, he founded
"Strawberry Creek College," a six-year experiment using full professors and small classes
to teach lower-division students. Drawing on this belief in undergraduate teaching,
Muscatine’s new book now offers a radical new design for American college
education.

Muscatine begins with the observation that the mediocre undergraduate
curriculum offered by most colleges and universities today is based on outdated ideas of what
should be taught and what constitutes good teaching. Although Muscatine is himself a
well-established research scholar, he contends that the publish-or-perish "research
religion" of college and university faculties has seriously damaged undergraduate
education. He offers a clear distinction between publishable research and the scholarship
necessary for good teaching. Furthermore, he recommends major changes in the education of
professors, including reconsidering both the requirement of the book-length dissertation and the
current organization of graduate departments.

Fixing College
Education
predicts new roles for students and faculty, redefines educational breadth
and depth, and calls for deeper assessment of learning and teaching. Muscatine highlights the
outstanding colleges and universities, including Harvard, Boston University’s University
Professor’s Program, Evergreen State College, and Fairhaven College at Western Washington
University, that have already remade their curricula successfully or adopted features like the
ones he proposes. Muscatine argues that the new curriculum is better able than the old to
produce good scholars and good citizens for the twenty-first century.

GENRE
Politics & Current Events
RELEASED
2009
August 13
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
176
Pages
PUBLISHER
University of Virginia Press
SELLER
Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia
SIZE
1
MB