No Neutral Ground. Standing By the Values We Prize in Higher Education

  • ID: 2212196
  • Book
  • 232 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Today′s climate of public cynicism toward education is being fueled by the contentious social and economic battles plaguing our nation′s campuses. To withstand these assaults, it is imperative that those in higher education rediscover and manifest the values which fundamentally exemplify the objectives of higher education. No Neutral Ground is a provocative book that explores seven timeless values of higher education––service, truth, freedom, individuation, justice, and community––and shows how higher education administrators, faculty, and trustees can incorporate these values into their own practice and transmit them to students and the community at large.
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1. Who Are We? Finding Our Identity in Values

Part One: Values We Prize

2. Service: The Value of Altruism

3. Truth: Not an End in Itself

4. Freedom: Choice with Responsibility

5. Equality: Ensuring a Fair Start for All

6. Individuation: Human Dignity Growing

7. Justice: Balancing Freedom with Duty

8. Community: Mutual Empowerment

9. How the Values Promote Scholarship and Democracy

Part Two: Challenges to Our Values

10. Capitalism: The Challenges of the Material

11. Spirituality: The Challenges of Ultimate Meaning

12. Aesthetics: The Challenges Linking of Emotion with Intellect

13. Relating the Values to Changing Times

Part Three: Advancing the Values We Prize

14. Building an Identity Based on Values

15. Using Values with Integrity
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"Everyone interested in education will applaud Young for calling the academy to recognize the reasons for its existence.... This book is highly recommAnded, not only for those who work in the academy, but also for those who are eager that the academy stand by and exalt the values prized in higher education."

"No Neutral Ground will provoke some and bring praise from others. Written with passion and a personal sense of mission, this book offers something to everyone who cares about institutional values and ethical standards." ––Richard T. Ingram, president, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

"At a time when many critics of higher education lament the separation of competence and conscience in collegiate education, Young′s treatment on the values mission of higher education, is a welcome addition to the literature, a reminder that what we know is always servant to what we believe." ––E. Grady Bogue, professor, department of Educational Leadership at the University of Tennessee and author of Leadership by Design

"No Neutral Ground should be read by everyone who thinks that change begins with programs or personnel. In fact, real change begins with values, and Bob Young writes about the values of higher education with clarity and passion." ––Terry O′Banion, executive director, League for Innovation in the Community College
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