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UK Thelin’s Book Ranks in Forbes’ Top 10

"Essential Documents in the History of Higher Education," by John Thelin
"Essential Documents in the History of Higher Education" by John Thelin

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2021) — University of Kentucky College of Education Professor John Thelin’s book “Essential Documents in the History of Higher Education,” 2nd edition, made Forbes’ list of Best Higher Education Books of 2021.

Thelin, a regarded authority on the history of higher education and public policy, presents a rich collection of primary sources that chart the social, intellectual, political and cultural history of American colleges and universities from the 17th century to the present. The updated edition includes issues that have shaped American higher education in the past decade, from congressional investigations into endowments and court cases about paying student-athletes, to accounts of campus protests over racial discrimination and adjuncts struggling in the “gig economy.”

In addition to his Forbes recognition, Thelin is the author of “Waiting for Their Day in Court: A History of Professors and the Legal Status of Academic Freedom.” This is featured as a chapter in the new book published by Johns Hopkins University Press, "Challenges to Academic Freedom," edited by Joseph C. Hermanowicz. A link to the book and its table of contents can be found here

Thelin is a university research professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. His other books include “A History of American Higher Education” and “Going to College in the Sixties.”

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.