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A Teaching Topic in Education

The Public Interest and the Private Interest in Higher Education

This topic examines the distinctions between the public interest and the private interest in higher education and the implications for policy.

Topic Learning Outcome: Upon mastering this topic, students will understand [TO COME].

Concepts associated with this Topic: TO COME

Recommended Readings

Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy: JSGS 854 - Higher Education Policy

Craig Calhoun. 2006. “The University and the Public Good,” Thesis Eleven 84: 743.

Louis Menand. 2010. The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University. New York: Norton

Martha Nussbaum. 2010. Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

D. Bruce Johnston. 2004. “The Economics and Politics of Cost Sharing in Higher Education: Comparative Perspectives,” Economics of Education Review 23 (4): 403410.

Daniel Boothby and Torben Drewes. 2006. “Postsecondary Education in Canada: Returns to University, College and Trades Education,” Canadian Public Policy 32 (6): 121.

Herb Emory. 2005. “Total and Private Returns to University Education in Canada,” in Beach, et. al. eds., Higher Education in Canada Montreal: McGillQueens.

Nicholas Barr. 2004. “Higher Education Funding,” Oxford Review of Economic Policy 20: 26483.

Carleton University: PADM 5227 - Higher Education and Society 

Clark, I.D., G. Moran, M.L. Skolnick and D. Trick. Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario. Kingston/Montreal: Queen’s Policy Studies Series, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009. For additional background on the book, see the website

Harvard Kennedy School: SUP 442 - Tackling the Toughest Challenges in Modern American Higher Education

David Kirp. Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line. Harvard University Presss. 2004. 

William G. Bowen, Michael McPherson, and Matt Chingos. Crossing the Finish Line: Graduation from Public Universities. Princeton Univ. Press. 2011. 

Derek C. Bok. Higher Education in America. (Fall, 2013. Princeton Univ. Press).


Sample Assessment Questions:

1.)    1) What is TO COME?

2.)    2) What is meant by the term TO COME?


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