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Precipice or Crossroads?

Where America's Great Public Universities Stand and Where They Are Going Midway through Their Second Century

Daniel Mark Fogel, Elizabeth Malson-Huddle

Publication Year: 2012

Comprehensive treatment of the current crises faced by public institutions of higher education in the United States.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. vii-viii

A Note on References

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pp. ix

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pp. xi-xiv

All those who care about the vitality and well-being of the United States must be concerned with the current challenges facing the nation’s public higher education sector, and how to maintain its long-term strength. Our public colleges and universities...

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pp. xv-xvii

This book had its inception in my service as a member of the board of directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), in connection with which I was asked to chair a group planning the association’s commemoration...

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pp. xix-xliii

This volume poses a question of pressing importance to the American people. Today, 150 years after the Morrill Land-grant Act generated the reigning paradigm of public higher education in the United States—a model combining accessible...

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Democracy, the West, and Land-Grant Colleges

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pp. 1-15

Viewing the Land-grant College Act from the perspective of the 150th anniversary, one can see it as the greatest legislation affecting higher education in American history. But truly to appreciate its full dimensions, we must consider it in the context...

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The 1890 Institutions in African American and American Life

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pp. 17-50

Through the passage of the first Morrill Act of 1862 as well as other efforts, privately supported schools for blacks gradually gained acceptance, and by 1880 more than one hundred black colleges and universities had opened their doors...

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The Modern Public University: Its Land-Grant Heritage, Its Land-Grant Horizon

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pp. 51-62

The land-grant university is the social conscience of American higher education. As the principled paradigm of what colleges and universities should be in a nation that cherishes equality, democracy, and opportunity for all, the land-grant institution...

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Commitments: Enhancing the Public Purposes and Outcomes of Public Higher Education by

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pp. 63-77

The hot, humid summer of 1862 marked a perilous season for President Abraham Lincoln. Twenty-four thousand Union and Confederate casualties had littered the battlefields at Shiloh mere months before. Within a matter of weeks, the even bloodier...

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Challenges to Viability and Sustainability: Public Funding, Tuition, College Costs, and Affordability

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pp. 79-117

This chapter examines the viability of public research universities and challenges to that viability. The discussion opens with an enumeration of many of the profound accomplishments of public universities, for without knowledge of historic successes...

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University-Based R&D and Economic Development: The Morrill Act and the Emergence of the American Research University

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pp. 119-158

Our nation’s research universities, both public and private, have served as the primary source of the discovery, creativity, and innovation that fosters economic and social development at all levels of analysis in the global knowledge economy...

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From a Land-Grant to a World-Grant Ideal: Extending Public Higher Education Core Values to a Global Frame

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pp. 159-196

Talent development without borders is the twenty-first-century framework for knowledge access. In a rapidly expanding and “flattening” global environment, talent is found nearly everywhere. The best among students, scholars, professionals...

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Statewide University Systems: Taking the Land-Grant Concept to Scale in the Twenty-First Century

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pp. 197-219

The passage of the first Morrill Land-grant Act in 1862 marked a groundbreaking development in higher education in the United States. The legislation not only established a novel means of support for new institutions of higher learning...

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Creating the Future: The Promise of Public Research Universities for America

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pp. 221-240

America’s public research universities are the backbone of advanced education and research in the United States today. They conduct most of the nation’s academic research (62 percent) while producing the majority of its scientists, engineers...

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Challenges to Equilibrium: The Place of the Arts and Humanities in Public Research Universities

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pp. 241-257

A discussion of the importance and value of the arts and humanities seems to me to be essential to the architecture of a volume that otherwise would not only have omitted an intrinsic element of Justin Morrill’s vision and legacy but also would...


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pp. 259-281

List of Contributors

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pp. 283-289


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pp. 291-318

E-ISBN-13: 9781438444949
Print-ISBN-13: 9781438444925

Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2012