I have been writing book review essays for my column “Books Worth Reading” since 2006 in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. For readers with subscription access, the full text of these reviews is available at the Taylor and Francis website:


The Plight of Public Higher Education. Review of The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them, by Christopher Newfield, and Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education, by Michael Fabricant and Stephen Brier. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 49 (5), September/October, pp. 50-56.

Quality in Undergraduate Education. Review of Improving Quality in American Higher Education: Learning Outcomes and Assessments for the 21st Century, by Richard Arum, Josipa Roksa, and Amanda Cook, and The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most, by Peter Felten, John N Gardner, Charles C. Schroeder, Leo M. Lambert, and Betsy O. Barefoot. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 49 (3), May-June, pp. 45-51.

Is College for Everyone? Review of Are You Smart Enough? How Colleges’ Obsession with Smartness Shortchanges Students, by Alexander W. Astin, and I Love Learning, I Hate School: An Anthropology of College, by Susan D. Blum. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 49 (1), January/February 2017, pp. 7-13.


Academic Knowledge. Review of Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overlaoad and the Invention of the Modern Research University, by Chad Wellmon, and Undisciplining Knowledge: Interdisciplinarity in the Twentieth Century, by Harvey J. Graff. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 48 (5), September/October 2016, pp. 64-70.

Diversity and Equity. Review of Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work, by Daryl G. Smith, and Engaging the ‘Race Question:’ Accountability and Equity in US Higher Education, by Alicia C. Dowd and Estela Mara Bensimon. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning,  48 (3), May/June 2016, pp. 22-27.

Globalization and Higher Education. Review of Academic Capitalism in the Age of Globalization, ed. Brendan Cantwell and Ilkka Kauppinen, and Globalizing Knowledge: Intellectuals, Universities, and Publics in Transformation, by Michael D. Kennedy. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 48 (1), January/February 2016, pp. 46-51.


Faculty Governance. Review of The Rise & Decline of Faculty Governance: Professionalization and the Modern American University, by Larry G. Gerber, and Locus of Authority: The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education, by William G. Bowen and Eugene M. Tobin. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 47 (5), September/October 2015, pp. 49-54.

Knowledge in the Digital Age. Review of Teaching History in the Digital Age, by T. Mills Kelly, and Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Education, by Thomas Leitch. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning ,47 (3), May/June 2015, pp. 50-55.

Higher Education and Society. Review of The Relevance of Higher Education: Exploring a Contested Notion, edited by Timothy L. Simpson, and Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, by Craig Steven Wilder. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 47 (1) January/February, 2015, pp. 46-50.


Longitudinal Studies of the Undergraduate Experience. Review of How Colleges Work, by Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs, and Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality, by Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Laura T. Hamilton. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 46 (5), September/October 2014, pp. 52-56.

Perspectives on the College Cost Crisis. Review of Stretching the Higher Education Dollar: How Innovation Can Improve Access, Equity, and Affordability, edited by Andrew P. Kelly and Kevin Carey, and The Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise, by Robert Zemsky. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 46 (3), May/June 2014, pp. 18-23.

Close-Up Views of College Teaching. Review of Inside the Undergraduate Teaching Experience: The University of Washington’s Growth in Faculty Teaching Study, by Catharine Hoffman Beyer, Edward Taylor, and Gerald M. Gillmore, and Making Scientists: Six Principles for Effective College Teaching, by Gregory Light and Marina Micari. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 46 (1) January/February, 2014, pp. 58-62.


The Completion Agenda. Review of Getting to Graduation: The Completion Agenda in Higher Education, edited by Andrew P. Kelly and Mark Schneider, and Completing College: Rethinking Institutional Action, by Vincent Tinto. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 45 (5), 2013 September/October, pp. 60-64.

Review of Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student, by Arthur Levine and Diane R. Dean, and What the Best College Students Do, by Ken Bain. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 45 (3), May/June 2013, pp. 34-39.

Review of Unlocking the Gates: How and Why Leading Universities Are Opening Up Access to Their Courses, by Taylor Walsh, and Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning, by Jose Antonio Bowen. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 45 (2), January/February 2013, pp. 67-72.


Review of Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization, by William Zumeta, David W. Breneman, Patrick M. Callan, and Joni E. Finney, and College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, by Andrew Delbanco. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 44 (5), September/October 2012, pp. 53-57.

Review of Higher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, by John Saltmarsh and Edward Zlotkowski, and “To Serve a Larger Purpose:” Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education, Edited by John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 44 (3), May/June 2012, pp. 69-72.

Review of Degrees of Inequality: Culture, Class and Gender in American Higher Education, by Ann L. Mullen, and Inside the College Gates: How Class and Culture Matter in Higher Education, by Jenny M. Stuber. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 44 (1), January/February 2012, pp. 39-42.


Review of Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime: Disciplinary Assessment, edited by Donna Heiland and Laura J. Rosenthal, and Coming to Terms with Student Outcomes Assessment, edited by Peggy L. Maki. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 43 (5), September/October 2011, pp. 53-57.

Review of Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives, by Alexander W. Astin, Helen S. Astin, and Jennifer A. Lindholm, and Helping College Students Find Purpose: The Campus Guide to Meaning-Making, by Robert J. Nash and Michele C. Murray. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 43 (3) May/June, 2011, pp. 60-64.

Review of Twentieth-Century Higher Education: Elite to Mass to Universal, by Martin Trow, edited by Michael Burrage, and Higher Education in a Global Society, edited by D. Bruce Johnstone, Madeleine B. D’Ambrosio, and Paul J. Yakobski. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 43 (1), January/February 2011, pp. 50-53.


Review of The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities are Reshaping the World, by Ben Wildavsky, and The Challenge of Bologna: What United States Higher Education Has to Learn from Europe, and Why It Matters That We Learn It, by Paul L. Gaston. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 42 (5), September-October 2010, pp. 47-49.

Review of Professing to Learn: Creating Tenured Lives and Careers in the American Research University, by Anna Neumann, and How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment, by Michele Lamont.  Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 42 (3), May-June 2010, pp.47-50.

Review of Creating a Class: College Admissions and The Education of Elites, by Mitchell L. Stevens, and Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities, by Camille Z. Charles, Mary J. Fischer, Margarita A. Mooney, and Douglas S. Massey. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 42 (1), January/February 2010, pp. 57-60.


Review of A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books, by Alex Beam, and Racing Odysseus: A College President Becomes a Freshman Again, by Roger Martin. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 41 (3), May/June 2009, pp. 59-62

Review of From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession, by Rakesh Khurana, and Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at the Harvard Business School,  by Philip Delves Broughton. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 41 (1):(1), January/February 2009, pp. 44-47.


Review of Defending the Community College Agenda, ed. Thomas Bailey and Vanessa Smith Morest, and Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College, by Gail O. Mellow and Cynthia Heelan. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 40 (5), September/October 2008, pp. 63-66.

Review of The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life (10th Anniversary Edition), by Parker J. Palmer, and Enhancing Learning Through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: The Challenges and Joys of Juggling, by Kathleen McKinney. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 40 (3), May/June 2008, pp. 53-56.

Review of Sociology of Higher Education: Contributions and Their Contexts, ed. Patricia J. Gumport, and Privilege and Diversity in the Academy, by Frances A. Maher and Mary Kay Thompson Tetreault. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 40 (1), January/February 2008, pp. 51-54.


Review of Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University, by William Clark, and Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education’s Strategic Imperative, by Judith M. Gappa, Ann E. Austin, and Andrea G. Trice. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 39 (5), September/October, 2007, pp. 54-57.

Review of Powers of the Mind: The Reinvention of Liberal Learning in America, by Donald N. Levine, and Making Teaching and Learning visible: Course Portfolios and the Peer Review of Teaching, by Daniel Bernstein, Amy Nelson Burnett, Amy Goodburn, and Paul Savory. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 39 (3), May/June 2007, pp. 54-56.

Review of The American Faculty: The Restructuring of Academic Work and Careers, by Jack H. Schuster and Martin J. Finkelstein, and Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year, by James M. Lang. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 39 (1), January/February 2007, pp.52-54.


Review of Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should be Learning More, by Derek Bok, and My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student, by Rebekah Nathan. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning,  38 (5), September/October 2006, pp.48-51.