A Review of: Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson

reviewed by Jay Mathews STONES INTO SCHOOLS Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan By Greg Mortenson Viking. 420 pp. $26.95 Greg Mortenson’s first book, Three Cups of Tea, was a gravity-defying, wide-screen, wilderness adventure. It began with the author’s failed attempt to climb the world’s second-highest mountain. It included a daring […]

A Review of: The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

A review by Jerry A. Coyne Richard Dawkins’s new collection of delectable prose, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, is less an anthology of set pieces than a treasury: a series of short titbits designed to pique the reader’s appetite, helping him to decide which science writers to investigate more deeply. It enables you […]

A Review of Academic Transformation

Reviewed by Elizabeth Church Ontario needs to create new universities with the sole purpose of teaching undergraduates if it hopes to maintain quality and halt the growing use of part-time faculty and large classes, says a new book on education reform. Unlike other large Canadian provinces, Ontario undergraduates are educated almost exclusively at universities that […]

Paper Cuts

by Sylvia M. Gross The college textbook is on track to becoming a relic of the paper-and-ink era. On campuses around the country, professors and students are selecting digital versions of books that can be read off of a computer screen. Most college students are used to going online for music, videos and news — […]

Review of Teaching the Large College Class: A Guidebook for Instructors with Multitudes

Review of Teaching the Large College Class: A Guidebook for Instructors with Multitudes by Frank Heppner Jossey-Bass, October 2007. Paperback, $33.00. Reviewed by Greg Beatty Teaching the Large College Class is the single best book on teaching I’ve ever read. In fact, it is so strong that it is somewhat mislabeled, and sells itself somewhat […]

A Trio of Books Related to Distance Education

A Trio of Books Related to Distance Education

A Trio of Books About Distance Education Reviewed by Evelyn Beck The landscape in higher education is changing. With very different purposes and approaches, three recent books take stock. Make Money Teaching Online: How to Land Your First Academic Job, Build Credibility, and Earn a Six-Figure Salary, by Danielle Babb and Jim Mirabella (Wiley, 2007) […]

A Review of How the University Works

A Review of <i>How the University Works</i>

reviewed by P.D. Lesko How the University Works is the first book of a writer who truly believes he has something important to share about what he perceives as the increasingly corporate nature of higher education. His audience is the choir, and he preaches up a storm. Author Marc Bousquet is an associate professor of […]

A Review of Quick Hits for Educating Citizens: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers

A Review of <i>Quick Hits for Educating Citizens: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers</i>

by Silvia Foti In today’s real-world, real-time academic climate, in which faculty are expected to teach beyond the textbook so that students can apply their skills outside of the classroom, Quick Hits for Educating Citizens: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers offers plenty of ideas to nudge or, if necessary, forcefully push students into service and […]

Inside Greek U.: Fraternities, Soroities, and the Pursuit of Pleasure, Power, and Prestige

Inside Greek U.: Fraternities, Soroities, and the Pursuit of Pleasure, Power, and Prestige

by Greg Beatty In Inside Greek U. Alan D. DeSantis provides readers with a valuable guidebook to an often alien and confusing reality: the Greek system. Anyone who teaches at a college where fraternities and sororities are active should read it; anyone who wants to better understand how higher education really works will want to […]