Generation on a tightrope a portrait of today's college student /

"An understanding of today's college students is vital to the effectiveness of our nation's colleges and universities. The third in a series on college student expectations, aspirations, academics, attitudes, values, beliefs, social life and politics, this book presents an accurate po...

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Main Author: Levine, Arthur, (Author)
Other Authors: Dean, Diane R., 1967- (Author)
Levine, Arthur.
Format: Book Electronic
Published:San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2012.
Edition:Third edition.
Series:Jossey-Bass higher and adult education series.
Online Access: Online access for Columbia College Chicago users
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Main Author:Levine, Arthur, author.
Summary:"An understanding of today's college students is vital to the effectiveness of our nation's colleges and universities. The third in a series on college student expectations, aspirations, academics, attitudes, values, beliefs, social life and politics, this book presents an accurate portrait of today's undergraduate college students. Covering the main topic areas of the two previous works, it also contains new chapters and makes comparisons across generations. Timely and comprehensive, this volume gives researchers, practitioners, and policymakers a much-needed grasp of the forces shaping the experiences of current undergraduates"-- Provided by publisher.

Praise for Generation on a Tightrope

"Over the last four decades, Arthur Levine has become the premier analyst of continuities and changes in the American college student population. In this impressive and comprehensive volume, Levine and coauthor Diane R. Dean provide an authoritative and richly textured picture of the much-discussed current generation." -- Howard Gardner , Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"Arthur Levine and Diane R. Dean take the long view of today's generation of college students. This is a brilliant examination of what has shaped our young people, what they are doing with the tools they have, and where they are headed. It is a diagnosis of what ails them, a celebration of their strengths, and a compelling and generous prescription for their future--and ours." -- Henry Louis Gates, Jr. , Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

"Through this captivating portrait of the aspirations, values, and unique needs of today's college students, Levine and Dean's clearly written and engaging book ought to generate a national discussion of how higher education can be restructured in order to respond to and prepare the next generation of college-educated adults--not only for effective functioning in the workplace, but also to live lives as whole human beings who can help to lead our society to a healthier place." -- Alexander W. Astin and Helen S. Astin , Distinguished Professors of Higher Education emeriti, UCLA; authors, Cultivating the Spirit: How Higher Education Can Enhance Students' Inner Lives

"I can't say enough about how important this work is. This book is right on the mark for what needs to be known and understood about today's college students by those who are responsible for educating the future leaders and citizens of the world." -- Gwen Dungy , executive director, emeritus, NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

"Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today's College Student is a must-read for college presidents, administrators, and professors as well as parents, employers, and government leaders--who all have a stake in student success. Understanding who today's college students are is essential as we collaboratively develop and deliver the education that will prepare this generation to build our future." -- Nancy L. Zimpher , chancellor, State University of New York

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Physical Description:1 online resource (xxiv, 227 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9781118220153 (electronic bk.)
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Author Notes:

Arthur Levine is determined to see the teaching profession become stronger than ever. He is a firm believer in the training of teachers in a way that helps them in the classroom, practical methods of improving their abilities in communicating and instructing the students rather than having them take school administration-type courses.

Levine was born on June 16, 1948, in New York City, the son of Meyer and Katherine (Kalman) Levine. He received his B.A. in Biology from Brandeis University in 1970 and then served as director of the Center for Undergraduate Curriculum Evaluation there and as a Boston public school substitute teacher. Lecture work at the State University of New York at Buffalo followed, along with a Ph.D. in 1976 from the same school.

After finishing his education, Arthur Levine headed to the West Coast, serving as a senior fellow of the Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education at the University of California-Berkeley for five years, followed by a two-year stint as senior fellow with the Carnegie Foundation. Levine moved full-scale into educational administration next, serving seven years as president of Bradford College in Massachusetts. Five years of serving as chair of the Institution of Education Management at Harvard University led to a post as president of Teachers College in New York City.

Levine has found time throughout his education career to write such books as Why Innovation Fails (1980), Shaping Higher Education's Future (1989), and Higher Learning in America (1993). He married lawyer Linda C. Fentiman on August 18, 1974 and they raised two children, Jamie Sloan Fentiman and Rachel Elizabeth Fentiman.

Arthur Levine finds writing tough but rewarding, and enjoys such activities as tennis and movies.

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