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Higher Education Exchange 2012

The Higher Education Exchange is an annual journal from the Kettering Foundation that serves as a forum for new ideas and dialogue between scholars and the larger public. Essays explore ways that students, administrators, and faculty can initiate and sustain an ongoing conversation about the public life they share.

The 2012 edition focuses on “the problems of democracy and the problems in democracy.”  Below is an excerpt from the introduction…

This year’s issue of the Higher Education Exchange continues in the recent vein of highlighting and showcasing innovations and new thinking in higher education. Readers of this journal know that the Kettering Foundation’s interest in this area of study is not really higher education. Kettering’s interest is in putting the public at the center of the higher education-public relationship and getting at the problems behind the problems in the relationship.

In our work—in this area and others—we talk about the problems of democracy and problems in democracy. Higher education is good at addressing the problems in democracy. Innumerable college and university centers and institutes hold colloquia and conferences each year addressing such problems as poverty, health care, civil rights and others. Many universities consider this part of the service or outreach that connects them to the communities they border.

But it’s the problems of democracy that most concern my colleagues and me at the foundation. These are problems like citizens sitting on the sidelines of the political system, with no way of entering the process except through voting. The problems of citizen agency and action are two other problems of democracy. Too many citizens don’t believe they have any part to play in democracy, and citizen action is all too often limited to attending hearings and old- fashioned protesting. A more robust role for citizens is missing.

The articles in this volume respond to both the problems of democracy and the problems in democracy. They run the gamut from narratives on what should be done to bring citizens to the center of democracy, to interviews with leading higher education scholars and practitioners that outline the continuing challenges to this work, to stories of successes, both celebrated and cautiously hopeful, as well as a courageous story of a former faculty member who has found new purpose outside the academy.

– Deborah Witte, Editor of the Higher Education Exchange

…along with the contents of the journal…

Contents of the 2012 Edition

Deborah Witte

Higher Education and the American Commonwealth Partnership: An Interview
Harry Boyte

Tales from Anti-Civic U
Claire Snyder-Hall

Educating Democratically: An Interview
Elizabeth Minnich

Living Democracy: A Project for Students and Citizens
Mark Wilson and Nan Fairley

Civic Engagement and Doctoral Education
Ellen M. Knutson and Dan A. Lewis

Public Scholarship at the Graduate Student Level
Robin Hoecker

Wicked Bedfellows: Can Science and Democracy Coexist in the Land Grant?
Wynne Wright

What Is College For? The Public Purpose of Higher Education
Elizabeth Hudson

Higher Education and Har Megiddo
David Mathews

This edition of the journal is currently available as both a free download and in print (also free with shipping) from the Kettering Foundation website.

Resource Link: http://kettering.org/periodicals/higher-education-exchange-2012/


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