The Forgotten Army: The American Eighth Army in the Southern Philippines 1945

by Robert M. Young

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History has produced many famous armies. It has also produced several that few knew even existed. The American Eighth Army of World War II is one such force. They existed for only about 8 months yet saw action throughout the Southwest Pacific, specifically in the Philippines. Under the command of General Robert Eichelberger they conducted operations in the Southern Philippines, on the islands of Panay, Negros, Cebu, and Mindanao, as well as conducting mopping up operations on Leyte and Luzon. It was a small army, never having more than 5 divisions, and other than Mindanao those divisions never fought together. It was also an army that never experienced defeat. They experienced frustration, a tenacious enemy, and at times shortages of troops. Yet victory was at every turn. The war was coming to an end and the Eighth Army played its part by liberating the rest of the Philippines from Japanese control. The atomic bombs made an invasion of Japan unnecessary but the Eighth Army stood ready to take part in what would have been one of history’s largest operations.

About the author:

Dr. Robert Young received a B.A. from St. John’s University, an M.A. from Brooklyn College, and a Ph.D in military History from the C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center. He is currently a Professor of History and Military History at American Military University. He is the author of several books on World War II in the Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA) ad well as numerous articles on World War II and post-World War II conflicts. A New York City native and United States Army veteran, he currently lives in Long Island with his wife and two children.

The Garden at Rose Brake: Garden Writings of Danske Dandridge

Collected and Introduced by Justin McHenry

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Caroline “Danske” Dandridge (1854-1914) was a prominent West Virginian poet and historian of her generation. In numerous articles published in the leading gardening magazines of the time, Dandridge brought readers to her country estate on the outskirts of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. A place she called Rose Brake. The Garden at Rose Brake is the first collection of Danske Dandridge’s garden writings. These articles provide delicate and sumptuous descriptions of Rose Brake’s gardening delights and offer a glimpse into the life of one of West Virginia’s most acclaimed writers.

Justin McHenry is a writer and historian, and the archivist for American Public University System.

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Beat the Drum Ecclesiastic: Gilbert Sheldon and the Settlement of Anglican Orthodoxy

by Heather D. Thornton

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Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury (1663-77) was at the helm during the time the Church of England sought to remake and redefine itself in the aftermath of not only the Civil Wars, Interregnum, but the Restoration Settlement as well. He aided in the preservation of a remnant of the Church of England, supported his king until his execution, and gained a high position in the Church upon its return, which gave him the opportunity to influence the Church to the present day.

This work seeks to highlight Sheldon’s role during this era, and illustrates his powerful influence upon the Church he tirelessly served. Sheldon has often been one figure often overlooked by history and this work seeks to correct that problem. It showcases the importance of his steady hand at the helm of the church in the 17th century that allowed the Church of England to recover and flourish in later centuries.

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Heather D. Thornton received her PhD from Louisiana State University in 2010. She is currently an associate professor with the Department of History at American Public University. This is her first book.

 

Andy Gordon

by Horatio Alger, introduction by Dr. Wallace Boston

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The young Horatio Alger heroes often sold newspapers or delivered telegrams, a reminder of how technology has moved on. Alger’s tales created youthful heroes whose persistence and pluck triumphed over enormous odds, often having to educate themselves by a flickering candle and late at night. But they hoped for better things and in the Alger novels their diligence and hard work won the day and they ended up getting the educations they deserved and the success that their exemplary morality earned. The reader will find this prototypical Alger story both a good read and food for thought in an era when the technology has indeed moved on but the challenges have remained.

The introduction is provided by Dr. Wallace Boston, President of the American Public University System and a Horatio Alger enthusiast.

The Hope for Perfect People Leaders: Positive Psychology Education to Lead our Future Health, Happiness and Success

by Dr. Lisa Miller

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The Hope for Perfect People Leaders provides a visionary strategic plan to educate and empower our future generations as luminaries of positive psychology. Leaders learn to dedicate themselves to the hope for higher humanism, while also producing prosperity through local and global altruistic reciprocity.

Readers will find a multidisciplinary collaboration from meticulous researchers, bold leaders, compassionate thinkers, eloquent activists, clever humorists, Olympic coaches, and wise discerning diplomats. This work offers a thought provoking mentality capable of improving one’s fundamental motivation toward life experiences. Lessons learned from the reading will inspire increased emotional intelligence, gracefulness in conflict, dedication to loyally serving others, and cultural inclusivity of demographic diversity and neurodiversity.

Dr. Lisa Miller, Professor of Health Sciences at American Military University, contributed 20 years of expertise on innovative collaborations in research, teaching, and service to develop our hope for altruistic leaders who will improve mental, physical, and spiritual health in higher education. Dr. Miller completed a Doctorate from The Ohio State University with interdisciplinary specializations in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Counseling and Sport Psychology, Research Methods for Human Development, and Sport and Exercise Management. She earned a Master of Human Resources from the Fisher College of Business along with a Graduate Concentration from Harvard University in Education and Religious Studies in addition to a Bachelor of Science in the Psychology Honors Program from Wright State University as a tennis scholar athlete. In her spare time, Dr. Miller enjoys discussing noble international projects, traveling internationally, teaching tennis, strolling through campuses, and helping others with positive psychology skills to proactively improve mental health.

 

Dan, The Newsboy

by Horatio Alger, introduction by Dr. Wallace Boston

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The young Horatio Alger heroes often sold newspapers or delivered telegrams, a reminder of how technology has moved on. Alger’s tales created youthful heroes whose persistence and pluck triumphed over enormous odds, often having to educate themselves by a flickering candle and late at night. But they hoped for better things and in the Alger novels their diligence and hard work won the day and they ended up getting the educations they deserved and the success that their exemplary morality earned. The reader will find this prototypical Alger story both a good read and food for thought in an era when the technology has indeed moved on but the challenges have remained.

The introduction is provided by Dr. Wallace Boston, President of the American Public University System and a Horatio Alger enthusiast.

 

Jack’s Ward; or, The Boy Guardian

by Horatio Alger Jr., Introduction by Dr. Wallace E. Boston Jr. 

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The young Horatio Alger heroes often sold newspapers or delivered telegrams, a reminder of how technology has moved on. Alger’s tales created youthful heroes whose persistence and pluck triumphed over enormous odds, often having to educate themselves by a flickering candle and late at night. But they hoped for better things and in the Alger novels their diligence and hard work won the day and they ended up getting the educations they deserved and the success that their exemplary morality earned. The reader will find this prototypical Alger story both a good read and food for thought in an era when the technology has indeed moved on but the challenges have remained.

The introduction is provided by Dr. Wallace Boston, President of the American Public University System and a Horatio Alger enthusiast.

 

 

 

Phil the Fiddler: The Story of a Young Street-Musician

by Horatio Alger Jr., Introduction by Dr. Wallace E. Boston Jr. 

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The young Horatio Alger heroes often sold newspapers or delivered telegrams, a reminder of how technology has moved on. Alger’s tales created youthful heroes whose persistence and pluck triumphed over enormous odds, often having to educate themselves by a flickering candle and late at night. But they hoped for better things and in the Alger novels their diligence and hard work won the day and they ended up getting the educations they deserved and the success that their exemplary morality earned. The reader will find this prototypical Alger story both a good read and food for thought in an era when the technology has indeed moved on but the challenges have remained.

The introduction is provided by Dr. Wallace Boston, President of the American Public University System and a Horatio Alger enthusiast.

 

 

 

The Tin Box and What it Contained

by Horatio Alger Jr., Introduction by Dr. Wallace E. Boston Jr. 

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The young Horatio Alger heroes often sold newspapers or delivered telegrams, a reminder of how technology has moved on. Alger’s tales created youthful heroes whose persistence and pluck triumphed over enormous odds, often having to educate themselves by a flickering candle and late at night. But they hoped for better things and in the Alger novels their diligence and hard work won the day and they ended up getting the educations they deserved and the success that their exemplary morality earned. The reader will find this prototypical Alger story both a good read and food for thought in an era when the technology has indeed moved on but the challenges have remained.

The introduction is provided by Dr. Wallace Boston, President of the American Public University System and a Horatio Alger enthusiast.

 

 

 

Brave and Bold, or, The Fortunes of Robert Rushton

by Horatio Alger Jr., Introduction by Dr. Wallace E. Boston Jr. 

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The young Horatio Alger heroes often sold newspapers or delivered telegrams, a reminder of how technology has moved on. Alger’s tales created youthful heroes whose persistence and pluck triumphed over enormous odds, often having to educate themselves by a flickering candle and late at night. But they hoped for better things and in the Alger novels their diligence and hard work won the day and they ended up getting the educations they deserved and the success that their exemplary morality earned. The reader will find this prototypical Alger story both a good read and food for thought in an era when the technology has indeed moved on but the challenges have remained.

The introduction is provided by Dr. Wallace Boston, President of the American Public University System and a Horatio Alger enthusiast.

 

 

 

Bound to Rise, or, Up the Ladder

by Horatio Alger Jr., Introduction by Dr. Wallace E. Boston Jr. 

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The young Horatio Alger heroes often sold newspapers or delivered telegrams, a reminder of how technology has moved on. Alger’s tales created youthful heroes whose persistence and pluck triumphed over enormous odds, often having to educate themselves by a flickering candle and late at night. But they hoped for better things and in the Alger novels their diligence and hard work won the day and they ended up getting the educations they deserved and the success that their exemplary morality earned. The reader will find this prototypical Alger story both a good read and food for thought in an era when the technology has indeed moved on but the challenges have remained.

The introduction is provided by Dr. Wallace Boston, President of the American Public University System and a Horatio Alger enthusiast.

 

 

 

Why Thirty-Three?: Searching for Masonic Origins

by S. Brent Morris, PhD, Introduction by Wallace E. Boston, Jr.

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The papers presented here represent over twenty-five years of publications by S. Brent Morris. They explore his many questions about Freemasonry, usually dealing with origins of the Craft. What “high degrees” were in the United States before 1830? What were the activities in the United States before 1801 of the Order of the Royal Secret, the precursor of the Scottish Rite? How did American grand lodges form as they broke away from England? Who were the Gormogons; how did they get started; what happened to them? Why does the Scottish Rite have thirty-three degrees?A complex organization with a lengthy pedigree like Freemasonry has many basic foundational questions waiting to be answered, and that’s what this book does: answers questions.

S. Brent Morris, 33°, Grand Cross, is Managing Editor of the Scottish Rite Journal, the largest circulation Masonic magazine in the world. He retired after twenty-five years as a mathematician with the federal government and has taught at Duke, Johns Hopkins, and George Washington Universities. He is Past Master of Patmos Lodge No. 70, Ellicott City, Maryland, and Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, London; a Fellow and Mackey Scholar of the Scottish Rite Research Society; a Fellow of the Philalethes Society; an honorary Fellow of the Phylaxis Society; founding Editor of Heredom, the transactions of the Scottish Rite Research Society; indexer of Ars Quatuor Coronatorum; and Past Grand Abbot of the Society of Blue Friars. He is the author of Magic Tricks, Card Shuffling, and Dynamic Computer Memories; two U.S. patents; nine technical articles; and is author or editor of over forty books on Freemasonry including Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry and Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry? (with Arturo de Hoyos).

 

 

 

 

Dialogue in the Greco-Roman World

by Leslie Kelly, Ph.D.

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This short book is designed to introduce students of ancient history to the genre known as “the dialogue.” This literary form went through periods of popularity and decline in ancient Greece and Rome but it was present from the classical period through late antiquity and carried over into medieval and Byzantine culture. For all ancient texts, historians ask who created it, when, and why? They try to determine the author’s agenda and try to situate the text within its larger historical context. For the dialogue, we must do more than this. We must consider the conventions of the genre and read later compositions in light of earlier examples of the form. This book will explore the origins of dialogue in ancient

Greece and explain how dialogues of the Greco-Roman world were intended to be read. It will examine significant examples in the development of the genre from Greek, Roman, and early Christian cultures, and discuss the issues that students must take into account in order to responsibly utilize these sources to reconstruct and understand the past.

Dr. Leslie Kelly teaches at American Public University and holds advanced degrees in Jewish and Christian Scriptures, classics, and ancient history.

 

 

Issues in Maritime Cyber Security

Editors: Dr. Joe DiRenzo III, Dr. Nicole K. Drumhiller, Dr. Fred S. Roberts


The world relies on maritime commerce to move exceptionally large portions of goods, services, and people. Collectively this effort comprises the Maritime Transportation System or MTS. A major component of this daunting multifaceted enterprise are cyber networks, and the infrastructure they control. From the complex programs managing the loading and unloading of containers to waiting trucks, to the global navigation systems onboard vessels, to the hydraulic valves designed to protect spills into waterways that are located and controlled by cyber systems within chemical, water/wastewater, or petroleum plants, the MTS is becoming increasingly automated.

The impact of the cyber element on the international MTS is significant. Yet, with the clear advantages this brings, come vulnerabilities, and challenges. Researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to remotely take control of a vessel by spoofing its GPS. The news has reported attacks that shut down a floating oil rig by tilting it. The electronic positioning software systems on ships are vulnerable to attacks that could modify les and charts, causing potential for serious damage. The complexity of the problem of making our MTS safe from cyber attack is daunting and the need for all stakeholders in both government (at all levels) and private industry to be involved in cyber security is more significant than ever as the use of the MTS continues to grow.

While there is literature about the maritime transportation system, and about cyber security, to date there is very little literature on this converging area. This pioneering book is beneficial to a variety of audiences, as a text book in courses looking at risk analysis, national security, cyber threats, or

maritime policy; as a source of research problems ranging from the technical area to policy; and for practitioners in government and the private sector interested in a clear explanation of the array of cyber risks and potential cyber-defense issues impacting the maritime community.

About the Editors: Dr. Joe DiRenzo III is a retired Coast Guard Officer. Dr. Nicole K. Drumhiller is the Program Director of Intelligence Studies at American Military University. Dr. Fred S. Roberts is Director of the Department of Homeland Security University Center of Excellence CCICADA, based at Rutgers University.


Release date: July 2017

Pacific Hurtgen: The American Army in Northern Luzon, 1945

by Robert M. Young

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Too often in war many of its campaigns are forgotten. One such forgotten campaign occurred in the Philippines during the last year of World War II. American Army units fought a bitter battle against dug-in, fanatical Japanese soldiers on the Philippine island of Luzon. It was a campaign that need not have happened. American forces throughout the Pacific were on Japan’s doorstep but due to the immense power and personal desires of a singular commander, General Douglas MacArthur, the Philippines would once again become a major theater of the war. It did not bring the defeat of Japan any closer but did leave many thousands of American soldiers dead and tens of thousands wounded. In Europe, the American Army’s most wasteful campaign occurred in the Hurtgen Forest in 1944. Luzon would be the Pacific Hurtgen.

About the Author 
Dr. Robert Young received a B.A. from St. John’s University, an M.A. from Brooklyn College, and a Ph.D in Military History from the C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center. He is currently an Associate Professor at American Military University as well as a New York City High School History teacher. He is the author of numerous articles on World War II and post-Cold War conflicts. A New York City native and United States Army veteran, he currently lives in Long Island with his wife and two children.

 

 

Collaborating Through Virtual Communities Using Cloud Technology

by Diane Stottlemyer

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Collaboration and communication are both essential for successful interaction and participation in virtual communities. In this book, there are discussions of how a virtual community can be an essential communication tool to enhance traditional and online schools. In addition, the virtual community can provide information on the importance of collaboration for those who want to discuss a specific topic area. The virtual community is a tool that can encourage the interaction and exchange of information between individuals. Cloud Technology has helped schools in many ways managing cost while still improving communication and e-collaboration. Cloud technology has increased opportunities for setting up online communities and enhanced e-collaboration which can improve learning and productivity. This book will guide educators with using and managing cloud technology and other services to develop online communities.

Dr. Diane Stottlemyer is an educator and quality consultant that has worked in the field of information technology for over 25 years. Dr. Stottlemyer has been sharing her expertise with students at different universities in the areas of quality assurance, computer science, doctoral studies, and information technologies. She has also worked as a consultant to improve web accessibility, web design and universal design. Dr. Stottlemyer received her PhD from Northcentral University, an MSQA from the California State University in Dominguez Hills, a M Ed from Northcentral University, an MA in Management and her MS in Legal Research from American Public University. Dr. Stottlemyer is a firm believer in education and learning through an online community.

Contracting, Logistics, Reverse Logistics: The Project, Program and Portfolio Approach

by Dr. Robert Lee Gordon

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Contracting, logistics, and reverse logistics are intertwined with the project management, program management, and portfolio management disciplines. In recent years, organizations have started to offer certifications into the strategic areas of program and portfolios. Contracting, logistics, and reverse logistics are strategic opportunities for companies. For this reason, three programs benefit from an overlapping text that demonstrates how project, program, and portfolio management (PPPM) drives better strategy. Ultimately, successful strategy leads to increased value and the difficult topics of ethics, culture, relationships, and a company’s return on investment (ROI).

logisticsThe book is divided into 9 sections and a total of 28 chapters. Each section culminates with a summary of each section. The textbook is followed by three workbooks: one each for contracting, logistics, and reverse logistics. The workbooks provide case studies, questions, and essays for each case study, while chapters are concluded with proposed weekly discussion questions, sample test/quiz questions for each chapter. These chapter questions could be used to populate potential final exams.

Dr. Robert Lee Gordon is currently the Program Director for the Reverse Logistics Management department at American Public University. Dr. Gordon has over twenty-five years of professional experience in supply chain management and human resources. Dr. Gordon earned his Doctorate of Management and Organizational Leadership and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix as well earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA. Dr. Gordon has been teaching for over sixteen years and regularly instructs courses in reverse logistics, transportation, contract management, project management, and human resources. Dr. Gordon has over forty published articles about reverse logistics, supply chain management, project management, human resources, education, and complexity. Dr. Gordon also has four published books on the topics of Reverse Logistics Management, Complexity and Project Management, Virtual Project Management Organizations, and Successful Program Management.

Social Media Writing Lesson Plans for YouTube, Facebook, NaNoWriMo, CreateSpace: Bonus Intro to Blogger

by Dr. Erik Bean and Emily Waszak

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BookCoverImageYour students are already using social networks. Why not take their lessons to where they spend much time? Social Media Writing Lesson Plans published by Westphalia Press imprint of the Policy Studies Organization, Washington, D.C. is geared towards secondary and higher education English and composition teachers and features blended and 100 percent online lessons presented at several conferences including: Beatnik Poetry YouTube Writing Lesson and Youtube Controversial Issue Summary and Rebuttal, as well as others for Facebook, NaNoWriMo, Blogger, and CreateSpace. Observe several non-indexed hyper-linked classroom tested examples and adapt to your class accordingly. Book includes non-fiction, fiction, and online engagement rubrics aligned to Common Core Writing Standards. More info? Visit: http://www.socialmedialessonplans.comSocial Media Writing Lesson Plans for YouTube, Facebook, NaNoWriMo, CreateSpace: Bonus Intro to Blogger

Rigorous Grading Using Microsoft Word AutoCorrect: Plus Google Docs

by Erik Bean Ed.D.

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This is the Word AutoCorrect booklet you’ve been wanting! It’s the 21st century and teaching and technology have combined for a better student and faculty experience. Whether you’re a full-time professor, adjunct instructor for a dozen schools or one, Rigorous Grading Using Microsoft Word AutoCorrect: Plus Google Docs contains all the steps necessary to auto include essay feedback, insert rubrics, pictures, audio and video! Plus instructions to back up your AutoCorrect comments to another computer. Yes you can increase rigor and grade faster!

INSIDE:
*APA Feedback & Grammar Samples
*Absorbing and Dispensing Pictures
*Inserting Sound & Video Comments
*MLA Feedback Samples
*Enable AutoCorrect in Word Prior to 2007
*Enable AutoCorrect in Word for MAC
*AutoCorrect Backup Utility Tips
*Enable AutoCorrect Action in Google Docs

Misunderstood Children

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by Elizabeth Harrison

Elizabeth Harrison (1849-1927) founded the National Louis University in Chicago, originally meeting in the Art Institute. She was a friend of Maria Montessori, with whom she spent time in Rome in 1912-13, Misubderstood Children cover FRONT ONLYand of Jane Addams, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and social reformer, and a co-founder of the National Parent Teachers Association (the PTA). National Louis University maintains an extensive archive of her books and papers.

A voluminous writer, she considered her books to be an essential way of reaching the public with her message of the importance of early childhood education. She was immensely energetic and had lively intellectual interests that ranged from cartoons, the philosophy of 
Schiller, the Star island poet Cecilia Thaxter, to Raphael and Shakespeare. She believed that children had a great deal to teach adults and this volume is perhaps the clearest affirmation of that philosophy.

Opportunity and Horatio Alger: Horatio Alger’s Mark Mason’s Triumph

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Edited and Introduced by Wallace Boston

Horatio Alger created youthful heroes whose persistence and pluck triumphed over enormous odds, often having to educate themselves by a flickering candle and late at night. Readers could identify with the challenges of self-education in a society where only a few had advantages.  Mark Mason is one of the most appealing of the Alger success stories, a classic of Americana.

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Careers in the Face of Challenge: Horatio Alger’s Telegraph Boy

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The young Horatio Alger heroes often sold newspapers or delivered telegrams, a reminder of how technology has moved on.  But they hoped for better things and in the Alger novels their diligence and hard work won the day and they ended up getting the educations they deserved and the success that their exemplary morality earned. The reader will find this prototypical Alger story both a good read and food for thought in an era when the technology has indeed moved on but the challenges have remained.

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Paddle Your Own Canoe

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The protagonists in Horatio Alger stories are often, if one may play on a metaphor, up a creek without a paddle.  In this celebrated Alger novel, the young hero is comfortably ensconced at the Essex Classical Institute until misfortune makes his expensive education impossible. If the problem of financing an education resonates, it is because millions of Americans are frustrated in their ambitions because they now find that the price of education has soared far beyond their capacity to pay, with no prospect of an Alger quirk of fate to help.

 

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The Idea of the Digital University

By Frank McClusky & Melanie Winter

It is widely believed that college is not what it used to be. Politicians are calling for a full-scale overhaul of higher education. The public is losing its confidence in higher education. It is argued that American higher education is in crisis. The authors, who together have spent more than 70 years in higher education, are optimistic about the future of the university with one caveat.  The university must come to grips with the way the digital revolution has changed the acquisition, storage and transmission of information. Can the university adapt to these changes and still remain true to its essential mission?  This book provides a blueprint of how to do both.

Comprehensive, insightful and visionary.

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Also by Frank McClusky & Melanie Winter: 

“Cathedrals, Casinos, Colleges and Classrooms: Questions for the Architects of Digital Campuses” in the Higher Learning Research Communications Journal.