Review: The History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture from the Founding to World War II

The History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture from the Founding to World War II The History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture from the Founding to World War II by Geiger Roger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a dense but complete history of higher education from the colonial times to World War II. Sometimes a bit too complete (e.g. spending two pages on the life of George Whitefield). I read it as part of a course on the history of higher education that I am taking and though it feels there were times when there was just so much detail, it also spoke to Geiger's ability to find all these details and use them to craft a very clear and substantial history. He traces the evolution of different components in higher education such as the faculty, the students, extra-curricular activities, curriculum, foundational supports, sports, and the like. Sometimes, he traces these threads chapter by chapter pulling them where necessary and still other times, he focuses an entire chapter on a given chapter. In the end, it's the place to start when you are ready to learn more about higher education.

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