The Great American University

The Great American University : Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why it Must be Protected

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Although Americas universities have become the envy of the world for their creative energy and their production of transformative knowledge, few understand how and why they have become preeminent. This groundbreaking book traces the origins and the evolution of our great universities. It shows how they grew out of sleepy colleges at the turn of the twentieth century into powerful institutions that continue to generate new industries and advance our standard of living. Far from inevitable, this transformation was enabled by a highly competitive system that invested public tax dollars in university research and students while granting universities substantial autonomy. Today, Americas universities face considerable threats. Even greater than foreign competition are the threats from within the United States. Under the Bush administration, government increasingly imposed ideological constraints on the freedom of academic inquiry. Restrictive visa policies instituted after 9/11 continue to discourage talented foreign graduate students from training in the United States. The international financial crisis, which has depleted university endowments and state investments in higher education, threatens the vitality of some of our greatest institutions of higher learning. In order to sustain and enhance the American tradition of excellence, we must nurture this powerfulyet underappreciatednational resource.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 640 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.22 x 53.34mm | 907.18g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • H
  • 1586484087
  • 9781586484088
  • 1,245,431

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New York Times Book Review "As provost of Columbia University for 14 years and a professor of sociology and dean of faculties before that, Jonathan R. Cole is an excellent position to write about the rise of the American research university and its special contribution to American life. In "The Great American University," he makes a case for the extraordinary role such institutions play in improving our daily lives. He also argues that these 'jewels in our nation's crown face a host of serious threats.'" Dallas Morning News "This is a work that should be read and studied by college faculties, administrators, regents and trustees, legislators and particularly large monetary donors to today's colleges and universities...The Great American University is one of the most important books on higher education to be written in the past several decades." Denver Post"Our high schools may be hurting, but the best U.S. universities -- the Ivies, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, the select state universities -- are the envy of the world. In his new book, Jonathan R. Cole, a former provost and dean of faculties at Columbia, shows how our research universities in particular came to be what they are." Boston Globeshow more

About Jonathan Cole

Jonathan R. Cole is widely known throughout the United States for his fourteen years (1989-2003) as Columbia's provost and dean of faculties, holding the position as the university's chief academic officer for the second-longest tenure in its 254-year history. He is currently the John Mitchell Mason Professor at Columbia University.show more

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