We curated a list of new and interesting books about higher ed that have made a splash in academic circles and our office break rooms. The picks range from writing tips for working-class students to leadership lessons from university presidents.
Citizens by Degree, by Deondra Rose. Rose, an assistant professor of public policy at Duke University, examines how decades-old higher ed policies (inadvertently) paved the way for women to surpass men as the recipients of bachelor’s degrees.
Robot Proof: Higher education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by Joseph Aoun. Aoun, president of Northeastern University, explores how colleges and universities can educate the next generation of students to become creative, inventive, and data literate enough to compete with robots.
An Academic Life, by Hanna Gray. Gray steered Yale University and the University of Chicago through periods of economic change and budget cuts. Gray, who was the first female provost at Yale, spent much of her career as the first (or only) woman in the room.
Claiming Home, Shaping Community: Testimonios de los Valles, edited by Gloria H. Cuádraz and Yolanda Flores. Cuádraz and Flores collect testimonies of Mexican students who grew up in the agricultural regions of California and later transitioned to University of California campuses.
Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education, by Nathan D. Graw. Graw, a social science professor at Carleton College, forecasts the probability of college-going among various demographic groups. He estimates the future demand for college attendance by geographic region and institution type.
Leading Colleges and Universities: Lessons from Higher Education Leaders, edited by Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald B. Kauvar, and E. Gordon Gee. University presidents and other campus leaders share stories that illustrate how they’ve navigated challenges with faculty, governing boards, and donors.
Class in the Composition Classroom: Pedagogy and the Working Class, edited by Genesea M. Carter and William H. Thelin. Collected ideas on how college writing instructors can better understand support their working-class students.