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AAUP Publishes Books for Understanding: Higher Education

Latest Scholarly Resource Illuminates Higher Education Debates

NEW YORK, NY–The academic year is now underway, and the future of higher education has become a key concern for many in this time of rapid technological change and significant financial stress. Debates on access, costs, commercialization, community engagement, and more are as common at the dinner table as in DC. In light of these concerns, AAUP has drawn from the wealth of higher education scholarship published by university presses to develop its latest bibliographic resource, “Books for Understanding: Higher Education.”

The newest Books for Understanding bibliography includes more than 150 works of scholarly insight that explore the the history and future of higher education, including current policy, access, and leadership issues. Thorough and deep analysis published by the member presses of the AAUP forms an easily accessible resource for policymakers, journalists, the academy, and the broader public alike.

Featuring scholarship from 31 AAUP member presses, “Books for Understanding: Higher Education” includes such titles as:

  • Higher Education in America by Derek Bok (Princeton University Press, 2013);
  • Going Public: Civic and Community Engagement edited by Hiram E. Fitzgerald and Judith Primavera (Michigan State University Press, 2013);
  • Why Public Higher Education Should Be Free: How to Decrease Cost and Increase Quality at American Universities by Robert Samuels (Rutgers University Press, 2013).

Books for Understanding is a free public service of AAUP to help librarians, journalists, educators, and interested readers find the best books on current events. The program highlights one of the highest values of university presses: to publish top research and scholarship in all fields regardless of immediate commercial potential. Often the most complete and illuminating background research and knowledge for a breaking news story is only available in scholarly books from presses committed to the public interest.

The Association of American University Presses is one of the world’s largest organizations of nonprofit scholarly publishers. AAUP is dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications. Through its programs and information resources, AAUP helps its members fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. Visit the AAUP Web site,, to learn more about the association and its members.

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