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Introduction Part I A New Future for Universities 1. Three Traditions of Higher Education in Relation to Democracy 2. The Mission of the ACCEL University 3. The Skills ACCEL Universities Should Develop 4. Diversity Part II Who Gets In and Who Is Able to Go? 5. Admissions 6. Financial Aid and College Costs Part III Student Learning and Life 7. Teaching and Learning 8. Assessing Student Learning 9. Retention and Graduation 10. The Role of Athletics Part IV Structural Issues 11. Assessing Faculty 12. Governance 13. Marketing Higher Education 14. It's Not Only Students Who Need to Learn: A Model of Institutional Change for Assessing Universities as Learning Organizations Part V Putting Theory into Practice 15. Transforming a University into an ACCEL University: What One Can Do Right Now

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Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Honorary Professor of Psychology at Heidelberg University. He is the author of College Admissions for the 21st Century. He holds thirteen honorary doctorates. Before moving to Cornell, Sternberg was President and Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Wyoming; Provost, Senior Vice President, Regents Professor of Psychology and Education, and George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair of Ethical Leadership at Oklahoma State University; Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Education at Tufts University; and IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Professor of Management, and Director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise at Yale University. He is a past president of the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology, and is currently editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science. He previously was treasurer and board member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.


"What Universities Can Be by Robert J. Sternberg makes a compelling argument that standardized tests, admission standards, and much of college instruction administration and governance are well aligned and completely irrelevant for preparing young people to be creative participants in the workforce, who are appropriately engaged in civil discourse and service to others, and are capable of being the ethical leaders we need for the future. He explains how we could realign all of those elements in appropriate ways, and he provides clear and thoughtful insights into why the world of higher education looks the way it does."-Ed Ray, President, Oregon State University "In What Universities Can Be, Robert J. Sternberg contributes notably to the higher education field by establishing a model to guide the evolution of the modern university. Sternberg's conversational style is interesting and highly readable."-Pamela Fry, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Education, Oklahoma State University "What Universities Can Be is excellent-compelling, interesting, articulate, and well-researched."-Debra Humphreys, Senior Vice President for Academic Planning and Public Engagement, Association of American Colleges and Universities "Robert J. Sternberg draws on his exceptional scholarship and years in the administrative trenches to craft some nuggets of practical wisdom about what colleges and universities need to do to realize their espoused aspirations."-George D. Kuh, Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, University of Illinois "What if we valued institutions of higher education for fostering good citizens and ethical leaders? Robert J. Sternberg, one of our most thoughtful psychologists, reflects intriguingly on this possibility."-Howard Earl Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, author of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-first Century

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