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The Learning-Centered University

Making College a More Developmental, Transformational, and Equitable Experience

Steven Mintz

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An essential guide to transforming the college experience for student success.

In The Learning-Centered University, renowned historian Steven Mintz unveils a comprehensive blueprint for addressing the critical issues of stagnating incomes and productivity, persistent wealth inequalities, and political polarization plaguing colleges and universities today. With practical strategies and a deep understanding of the history and future of higher education, Mintz outlines how we can transform higher education to promote access, affordability, degree attainment, and equity.

Mintz provides a thought...

An essential guide to transforming the college experience for student success.

In The Learning-Centered University, renowned historian Steven Mintz unveils a comprehensive blueprint for addressing the critical issues of stagnating incomes and productivity, persistent wealth inequalities, and political polarization plaguing colleges and universities today. With practical strategies and a deep understanding of the history and future of higher education, Mintz outlines how we can transform higher education to promote access, affordability, degree attainment, and equity.

Mintz provides a thought-provoking analysis of the challenges facing higher education, from the growing disparities in resources and facilities to the need for a more holistic approach to students' development. He offers actionable solutions to create a more interactive, engaging, and skills-focused learning environment. From seamless community college transfers to embedding career preparation throughout the undergraduate experience, Mintz steers institutions toward a future that embraces innovation and student success.

This essential guide also explores the transformative potential of technology in education, the importance of equity and student support services, and the future of the humanities. Drawing on his vast teaching experience and expertise in student success, Mintz provides practical insights and strategies for driving academic innovation and overcoming resistance to change. The Learning-Centered University is an invaluable resource for educators, administrators, and policy makers who are dedicated to offering a more equitable, accessible, and impactful learning experience for all students.

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What ails higher education? Steven Mintz has a clear and bracing answer: we have neglected undergraduate learning. Mintz places it front and center, which is exactly where it belongs. Reconstituting American universities around student growth and success won't be simple. But it's certainly necessary, and this courageous and heartfelt book shows us how to do it.

Drawing on his abundant knowledge and experience, Professor Mintz shows us what is possible for our increasingly diverse students and how to help them develop and learn in every way through higher education innovation and transformation. We know how to do all of this. We just have to do it.

Steven Mintz has the courage to identify those aspects of higher education that need to change and the passion to defend those aspects that must be preserved. The Learning-Centered University is not merely a call for transformation but a road map toward a future in which universities truly fulfill their social purpose.

A heartfelt and clear-eyed account of how higher education has lost public trust and what it can do to regain it. Steven Mintz brings deep historical knowledge to the urgent question of how our universities—especially open-access institutions that serve the vast majority of minority and low-income students—can help their students fulfill their American dreams.

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360
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9781421448022
Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction. Higher Education's Post-pandemic Future
Chapter 1. Higher Education's Perfect Storm
Chapter 2. The Challenges Ahead
Chapter 3. The Shifting Higher Education Landscape

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction. Higher Education's Post-pandemic Future
Chapter 1. Higher Education's Perfect Storm
Chapter 2. The Challenges Ahead
Chapter 3. The Shifting Higher Education Landscape
Chapter 4. Lessons from the History of American Higher Education
Chapter 5. A Learner- and Learning-Centered Vision for the Future of Higher Education
Chapter 6. Thinking outside the Box
Chapter 7. From Teaching to Learning
Chapter 8. Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Technology
Chapter 9. Rethinking Assessment
Chapter 10. Helping Students Become Better Writers
Chapter 11. Standing Up for Equity
Chapter 12. Supporting Student Success at Scale
Chapter 13. Campus Flash Points
Chapter 14. The Future of the Humanities
Chapter 15. How Innovation Happens
Epilogue
Appendixes
1. Insights from the Science of Learning
2. The Lexicon of Academic Innovation
3. Next-Generation Pedagogies
4. Technology-Enhanced Active Learning Tools
5. Strategies for Enhancing Equity and Student Success
Notes
Index

Author Bio
Steven Mintz
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Steven Mintz

Steven Mintz (AUSTIN, TX) is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin and was formerly the founding director of the University of Texas System’s Institute for Transformational Learning. He is the author of The Prime of Life: A History of Modern Adulthood.