"The New Education" by Professor Cathy N. Davidson Earns AAC&U's Ness Book Award

October 2, 2018

"The New Education offers compelling insights into the future of American higher education," said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella.



The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux, the latest book by Graduate Center Distinguished Professor Cathy N. Davidson (English), director of the GC’s Futures Initiative, earned the 2019 Frederic W. Ness Book Award from the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U).

The Ness Award recognizes the book that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education.

The New Education offers compelling insights into the future of American higher education, emphasizing the need to challenge students to address unscripted, real-world problems. We are thrilled to honor Dr. Davidson with the Ness Book Award and are grateful for her many contributions to the academy,” AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella said in an announcement.

Davidson’s book has received widespread praise for its incisive analysis of the higher education's current challenges and the inspiring examples it provides for how to address them. Davidson profiles educators, including a number at The City University of New York, who are making learning more student-centered, collaborative, and relevant to our digital age.
“I am deeply honored by the recognition that AAC&U is giving to The New Education and am inspired by the organization and its members for all they contribute to the future of higher education,” Davidson said in a statement. “In this time when higher education is under attack and under duress on so many fronts, I am in awe of the many people and institutions who are working to transform higher education in order to prepare the next generation for a complex and challenging future.”
The award will be presented at the AAC&U’s annual meeting on January 24, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. 
Read the AAC&U press release here.
Read more about The New Education here.