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The American Research University from World War II to World Wide Web

Governments, the Private Sector, and the Emerging Meta-University

Charles M. Vest

Publication Year: 2007

Forty years after Clark Kerr coined the term multiversity, the American research university has continued to evolve into a complex force for social and economic good. This volume provides a unique opportunity to explore the current state of the research university system. Charles M. Vest, one of the leading advocates for autonomy for American higher education, offers a multifaceted view of the university at the beginning of a new century. With a complex mission and funding structure, the university finds its international openness challenged by new security concerns and its ability to contribute to worldwide opportunity through sharing and collaboration dramatically expanded by the Internet. In particular, Vest addresses the need to nurture broad access to our universities and stay true to the fundamental mission of creating opportunity.

Published by: University of California Press


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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotes

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I want to thank several present and past colleagues at MIT, each of whom contributed something of direct value to the writing of this book: Hal Abelson, Larry Bacow, Bob Brown, Jack Crowley, Jesus del Alamo, Alice Gast, Paul Gray, Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, Elizabeth Hicks, Stan Hudson, Marilee Jones, ...

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This volume is based on three lectures I delivered at the University of California as the 2005 Clark Kerr Lecturer on the Role of Higher Education in Society. This lectureship and the encouragement and support of the members and staff of the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley, ...

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1. Governments and Universities: The Roles and Influences of the Public Sector in Higher Education

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pp. 5-36

In 1990, when it was announced that I had been elected president of MIT, I received a letter from one of my Michigan colleagues, Paul McCracken, a distinguished economist and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors. Here is the text of his letter in its entirety: ...

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2. Industry, Philanthropy, and Universities: The Roles and Influences of the Private Sector in Higher Education

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pp. 37-69

Today the multiversity contributes to society through a wide spectrum of activities, with academia playing the ancient and honorable roles of discoverer, conservator, interpreter, and transmitter of knowledge, values, and understanding, as well as the contemporary roles of creator of opportunity for young men and women; ...

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3. Openness: Education, Research, and Scholarly Communication in an Age of Globalization and Terrorism

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pp. 70-90

Of all the things that have changed since Clark Kerr’s 1963 Godkin Lectures, I suspect that the extent of the internationalization of our faculties and graduate-student populations in science, engineering, and management is one of the most dramatic. ...

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4. The Emerging Global Meta-University: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Age of the Internet

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pp. 91-110

Even as we face and resolve the thorny issue of balancing security and openness to sustain our campuses as great magnets for the brightest minds from around the world, modern information and communication technologies have fundamentally altered what it means to be an open scholarly or educational community.1 ...


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Production Notes

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E-ISBN-13: 9780520934047
Print-ISBN-13: 9780520252530

Page Count: 140
Publication Year: 2007

Series Title: The Clark Kerr Lectures On the Role of Higher Education in Society