Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

Table of Contents

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pp. v-9

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Preface

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pp. vii-11

...essays. In chapter 2, the discussion of Eliot, Harper, and Wilson follows in part from “The Leaning Tower of Academe,” Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 49 (1996): 34–54; and that of the desirability of requiring courses in Western civiliza-tion from “Western Civilization and Its Discontents,” Historically ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

...universities and that continue to be addressed today. They were the Berkeley and Davis campuses of the University of California in fall 2009. I had known and admired Clark Kerr as perhaps the Uses of the University, first published in 1963, confirmed that earlier consider to what extent his analysis of the research university, as ...

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1. The Uses of the University Revisited

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pp. 7-30

Clark Kerr’s The Uses of the University, first published in 1963, is still, the twentieth century. It is a marvel of terseness and clarity that lays bare the complexities and subtleties of a complicated topic. It details with precision and wit the anatomy of the research university as it had come to exist in 1963, and it describes as well the ...

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2. The University Idea and Liberal Learning

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pp. 31-60

...over time and to ask how these have affected, and continue to affect, our debates over the structures and purposes of liberal learning in a research university. It is quite surprising to find how often Cardinal Newman’s The Idea of a University is still invoked in writing about higher education. The belief that such an idea ...

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3. Uses (and Misuses) of the University Today

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pp. 61-92

Today’s most familiar model of the university remains that of Kerr’s version of the multiversity as it had emerged in the post-war era. That university is essentially the product of the alliance the Cold War and the conviction that research and training could strengthen America’s competitive position, of the G.I. Bill and ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 93-96

In cataloging the elements (including those of public perception) that seem to me most prominent, and most deep-seated, in the world of universities today, I have probably sounded a note more negative than I intend. For I think the state of our universities in general remains very strong and that the tendency to see all imperfections or problems as inevitably fatal is absurdly excessive. It is obvious...

Notes

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pp. 97-112

Select Bibliography

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pp. 113-122