‘Between Citizens and the State’
By Serena Golden
Between gainful employment, talk of revamping the role of accreditation, interminable budget wrangling over Pell and student loans, and President Obama’s State of the Union declaration that colleges and universities are “on notice” with regard to costs and outcomes, the complex and evolving relationship between higher education and the federal government is more visible than ever — though on the question of what exactly that relationship ought to be, no consensus seems imminent.
In his new book, Between Citizens and the State: The Politics of American Higher Education in the 20th Century (Princeton University Press), Christopher P. Loss examines the ways in which the government’s involvement in higher education has waxed and waned over the past hundred years, and how those changes have affected students and institutions — and will continue to affect them in the years to come.
Loss, who is assistant professor of public policy and higher education at Vanderbilt University, discussed his book with Inside Higher Ed via e-mail.