The Pursuit of Knowledge
Speeches and Papers of Richard C. Atkinson
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Foreword by David S. Saxon
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...sity presidents: by the battles they have won and the battles they have fought. The battles won are refl ected in such bottom-line measures as the size of the institutional budget and the distinc-tion of the faculty. From this vantage point, Richard Atkinson’s tenure as president of the University of California was rich in ...
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...digital collection of speeches, papers, statements, and other writ-ings associated with the 1995–2003 administration of University have been edited to clarify or bring references up to date. “Col-lege Admissions and the SAT: A Personal Perspective,” a paper here because of the light it sheds on his proposal regarding the ...
A Brief History of the Atkinson Presidency
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Atkinson grew out of the forces shaping California: the state’s and the rapidly expanding size and diversity of its population, which brought the largest student generation since the 1960s to the University’s door. Atkinson’s administrative and intellectual leadership of the University refl ected a deliberate effort to de-...
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Remarks on Receiving the University ofChicago Alumni Medal
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It is always a wonderful experience to return to the University of Chicago. The campus was beautiful when I fi rst set eyes upon it in 1944, and even with all the changes, it is still one of the most hold, a college education was not high on our list of priorities. But in February of 1944, when I was a sophomore in high school, one ...
The Golden Fleece, Science Education, andU.S. Science Policy
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I was pleased to accept Roger Hahn’s kind invitation to partici-pate in this colloquium series. It gave me an opportunity to re-think some events I was associated with at the National Science cess of U.S. science in the war effort—a critical factor in our vic-tory. President Roosevelt’s science adviser, Vannevar Bush, had ...
Remarks on Appointment as President ofthe University of California
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It is an honor to be selected the seventeenth president of the Uni-versity of California. I come to the position with full knowledge University has made to the well-being of California. The people of California have created the fi nest public university in the more critical than ever to the economic vitality and social integ-...
The University of Claifornia
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The Future of the University of California:A Personal View
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The role of knowledge in transforming virtually every aspect of our world has moved research universities like the University of California to center stage of American life. More than any other institution in our society, research universities are on the cut-knowledge for its own sake. However, society’s increasing need ...
The Role of the President of the University
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...nia would be led by a “President of the several Faculties . . . [who would also be] the executive head of the institution in all its de-partments.” Despite this sweeping description of the president’s powers, the offi ce carried academic but little administrative au-thority in the early days of the University. In 1890, for example, ...
Robert Gordon Sproul
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...fornia, Berkeley, in the same class as his friend Earl Warren and, tieth-century California. But unlike Warren, the future governor and Supreme Court justice, Sproul chose to devote his prodigious energies to a single institution—the University of California.fi ciency engineer following his college graduation, Sproul joined ...
Tradition at the University of California
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...to the leaders of the business community who are joining us this ties, and this is an opportunity to thank you and to get to know These are good times for the University of California. Although in a post–Proposition 209 world—it is clear that U.C. is a remark-ably strong institution. We have a superb faculty. The quality of ...
Diversity: Not There Yet
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...affi rmative action, the public University of California system was depicted alternately as a dramatic success or a dismal fail-dents after the elimination of race and ethnicity as factors in president who took offi ce just after the decision in California to disallow consideration of race and ethnicity in University ad-...
The Research University and Its Responsibilities
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The Numbers Game and Graduate Education
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...cators, 1996 has a new section this year, entitled “Science and En-gineering Labor Market.”1 It begins with the following statement: “The performance of the U.S. economy is the major determinant of current and future demand for scientists and engineers.” I would argue that this statement represents a short-term perspec-...
Opportunities for Chinese and American Universitiesin the Knowledge-Based Economy
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It is a great pleasure to be back in China. I fi rst came here in 1978 as director of the National Science Foundation [NSF] to explore the possibility of an exchange of students, scholars, and scientists be-surprise but quickly agreed to talks, with one proviso—that such standing” signed by the two governments. What has been called ...
The Globalization of the University
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We are living in an age of unprecedented intellectual discovery, an era in which knowledge doubles every twelve to fi fteen years in the sciences alone. Thanks to revolutionary advances in tele-share information and ideas is leading to what can be called the globalization of the university. By “globalization” I mean the ...
Academic Freedom and the Research University
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...novo, the fi rst cornerstone to be laid is that of academic freedom. Professors (AAUP) committee that fi rst articulated a statement free themselves from sectarian religious domination and later to resist secular political control. The modern research university ways that are relevant to the responsibilities and circumstances ...
A New World of Scholarly Communication
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Higher-education leaders invariably have long lists of diffi cult issues to confront. These days, high on my list is the future of our university libraries. Although libraries form the basic infra-structure of the academic endeavor, I have come face to face with Even in the best of economic times, university libraries cannot ...
Achievemnet Versus Aptitude
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Standardized Tests and Access to American Universities
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...been an eloquent voice on behalf of the nation’s colleges and universities, and for that we are all in his debt. I cannot think of a better way to recognize his important contributions than by tried to allocate educational opportunity in ways that refl ect American ideals of fairness and egalitarianism. Many argue that ...
The California Crucible: Demography, Excellence, andAccess at the University of California
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Senate of the University of California. The fi rst proposal was it with a standardized test that assesses mastery of specifi c aca-demic subject areas rather than aptitude, as the SAT I purports tive formulas and, instead, adopt procedures that look at appli-reasons are similar: those involved know that it is a high-stakes ...
Statement on the Vote by theCollege Board Trustees to Revise the SAT I
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I am delighted by the College Board’s decision to alter the SAT I ized testing. I give enormous credit to the College Board and to strated in bringing forward these changes and for their genuine focus student attention on mastery of subject matter rather than fi lling these goals. It will draw on state and national curricu-...
College Admissions and the SAT:A Personal Perspective
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My intent in this paper is to offer a personal perspective on the events that led to a major change in the college admissions test missions process for the college class entering in the fall of 2006. Hopefully, this account will be useful to those trying to change term standardized test, I mean simply a test administered under ...
Farewell Remarks to the Board of Regents
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Very shortly, I will be leaving the presidency of the University of California after eight years in offi ce. It has been pointed out were paralyzed by a bitter debate over affi rmative action. As I prepare to leave on October 1, our state is consumed by a guber-natorial recall election that will feature a ballot with 135 candi-...
Regents’ Resolution in Honor of Richard C. Atkinson
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...retired as the seventeenth President of the University of Califor-nia, the fi fth-longest serving president in the University’s rich ship has enhanced U.C.’s stature as the world’s leading research this state as an inventor, public servant, and visionary leader, defending the role of the scientifi c enterprise in the American ...
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Publication Year: 2007