Great American University Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected

ISBN-10: 1610390970
ISBN-13: 9781610390972
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jonathan R. Cole
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List price: $26.50
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 4/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Although America’s universities have become the envy of the world for their creative energy and their production of transformative knowledge, few understand how and why they have become preeminent. This groundbreaking book traces the origins and the evolution of our great universities. It shows how they grew out of sleepy colleges at the turn of the twentieth century into powerful institutions that continue to generate new industries and advance our standard of living. Far from inevitable, this transformation was enabled by a highly competitive system that invested public tax dollars in university research and students while granting universities substantial autonomy.Today, America’s universities face considerable threats. Even greater than foreign competition are the threats from within the United States. Under the Bush administration, government increasingly imposed ideological constraints on the freedom of academic inquiry. Restrictive visa policies instituted after 9/11 continue to discourage talented foreign graduate students from training in the United States. The international financial crisis, which has depleted university endowments and state investments in higher education, threatens the vitality of some of our greatest institutions of higher learning. In order to sustain and enhance the American tradition of excellence, we must nurture this powerful—yet underappreciated—national resource. 

Preface
Introduction
The Rise to Preeminence
The Idea of a University
Coming of Age in Tumultuous Times
The Path to Greatness
Building Steeples of Excellence
In Search of a Golden Age
Growing Pains
Discoveries That Alter Our Lives
Finding a Smoother Pebble: A National System of Innovation
It Began with a Fly: Genetics, Genomics, and Medical Research
Buckyballs, Bar Codes, and the GPS: Our Origins, Our Planet, Our Security and Safety
Nosce te Ipsum: Culture, Society, and Values
Facing Challenges and Looking Forward
Academic Freedom and Free Inquiry
The Enemy Is Us
"Political" Science
Trouble in Paradise?
Acknowledgments
Top-Ranked American Research Universities
An Online Source of Information About University Discoveries
Notes
Index

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