The Uses of the University

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/2/2001
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
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America's university president extraordinaire adds a new chapter and preface to The Uses of the University, probably the most important book on the modern university ever written. This summa on higher education brings the research university into the new century. The multiversity that Clark Kerr so presciently discovered now finds itself in an age of apprehension with few certainties. Leaders of institutions of higher learning can be either hedgehogs or foxes in the new age. Kerr gives five general points of advice on what kinds of attitudes universities should adopt. He then gives a blueprint for action for foxes, suggesting that a few hedgehogs need to be around to protect university autonomy and the public weal.

Table of Contents

Preface, 2001: A New Century for Higher Education vii
Preface, 1963 xi
The Idea of a Multiversity
The Realities of the Federal Grant University
The Future of the City of Intellect
Reconsiderations after the Revolts of the 1960's
Attempted Reforms That Failed
Commentaries on the Golden Age of the Research University
A New Age? From Increasing Federal Riches to Increasing State Poverty
Hard Choices
The ``City of Intellect'' in a Century for the Foxes?
Notes 231(22)
Index 253

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