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Altbach PG, Gumport PJ, Berdahl RO. American higher education in the twenty-first century: Social, political, and economic challenges. Vol 3rd. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2011.

"We are concerned in this book not only with how specific governmental actions affect the administration of postsecondary education, but also with how broader societal forces impact the entire academic community. Unraveling the web of relationships between higher education an society is paramount to understanding the academic enterprise and all that goes on within it. The perennial dynamism evident at all levels of American higher education provides fodder for analysts of all inclinations."

Altbach PG, Reisberg L, Rumbley L. Trends in global higher education: Tracking an academic revolution. Paris; Boston: UNESCO Pub. ; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Sense Publishers; 2010.

"Mass higher education has become a worldwide phenomenon, with enrollments growing from 100 million to 150 million in just a decade....Using up-to-date UNESCO statistics, trends defining higher education are place in a comparative and international framework."

Altbach PG. Higher Education: A Worldwide Inventory of Centers and Programs. Rev. ed.; 2007.
"provides a unique and comprehensive guide, including an inventory of 199 centers, programs, and institutes in the field, an essay analyzing the emergence and current status of higher education as an area of study, and a listing of 191 journals focusing on higher education."
Altbach PG, for Education BC. Tradition and transition : the international imperative in higher education. Chestnut Hill, Mass.; Rotterdam, Netherlands: Center for International Higher Education, Lynch School of Education, Boston College; Sense Publishers; 2007.

"A global and comparative perspective is central to understanding the rapidly changing world of higher education. Tradition and Transition analyzes many of the key themes of academic change in the 21st century. It brings a unique comparative approach, citing examples from many national contexts to illustrate themes. Among the topics considered are the logic of mass higher education, globalization and inequality, the role of research universities, academic freedom, private higher education, and the academic profession and its problems. These topical chapters are accompanied by in-depth discussions of Asia and Africa."

Forest JJ, Altbach PG. International handbook of higher education. Dordrecht: Springer; 2006.

"provides an in-depth analysis of the scope of postsecondary education worldwide, combining a series of overarching comparative essays with analytic chapters focusing on key countries and regions."