Edited by Dennis A. Ahlburg et al

(Including a chapter by Academy Immediate Past President Professor Glenn Withers AO)


Over the last decade, a heated debate has raged in the US and the UK over whether the humanities are in crisis, and, if there is one, what form this crisis takes and what the response should be. Questioning how there can be such disagreement over a fundamental point, The Changing Face of Higher Education explores this debate, asking whether the humanities are in crisis after all by objectively evaluating the evidence at hand, and opening the debate up to a global scale by applying the questions to twelve countries from different continents.

Each carefully chosen contributor considers the debate from the perspective of a different country. The chapters present data on funding, student enrolment in the humanities, whether the share of total enrolment in this area is falling, and answer the following questions:

  • What does each country mean by the ‘humanities’?
  • Is there a ‘crisis’ in the humanities in this country?
  • What are the causes for the crisis?
  • What are the implications for the humanities disciplines?

Uniquely offering an objective evaluation of whether this crisis exists, the book will appeal to international humanities and higher education communities and policy-makers, including postgraduate students and academics.

About the Editor

Dennis A. Ahlburg is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at Trinity University, Texas, USA. He was President of the University between 2010 and 2014. He has served as Dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, USA and Senior Associate Dean and Professor at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, New College, University of Oxford, UK.

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