Dynamics of the Contemporary University
Growth, Accretion, and Conflict
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of California Press
Title Page, Copyright
...I send thanks and bouquets to the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley—sponsors of the Clark Kerr Lectures—both for doing me the honor of selecting me in the fi rst place and for facilitating all my preparatory efforts for the lectures. Jud King, director of the center, was supportive and helpful both formally and informally, as was John Douglass, senior research fellow. Rondi Phillips...
1. Dynamics of American Universities
...It is a custom on this occasion to honor the fi gure for whom these lectures are named and to acknowledge how deeply honored I am to have been chosen to deliver them. I do both these things, not out of the pressure of ceremony, but from the heart. Clark Kerr was (and is) such an important part of my own career that I must add a personal note. I met Clark Kerr in 1958, about two weeks after I arrived on the Berkeley campus as a new assistant professor. He, as new President, and...
2. The Dynamics Ramify
...To summarize the fi rst chapter, I laid out a number of types of change that have characterized American higher education—increase in unit size, segmentation of units, differentiation (or specialization and complexity), proliferation of functions, and coordination. I identifi ed one principle of change that to me seems especially salient; it is observable at all levels, and dramatically so in the research university. I called it “structural accretion.” The idea is simple enough. Growth is...
3. Contemporary Trends
...In the fi rst chapter I presented a general and systematic—but peculiar— view of how institutions of higher education, with emphasis on universities, change over time. In the second I traced out as many implications as I could from this account—implications for cost, administration, confl ict, political processes and stratifi cation. This third chapter takes a further step, assessing recent trends and what they bode for the...