Skip to main content
Back to Results
Cover image of The Research University in a Time of Discontent

The Research University in a Time of Discontent

edited by Jonathan R. Cole, Elinor G. Barber, and Stephen R. Graubard

Publication Date
Binding Type

This drastically changed climate in which research universities and other institutions of higher education now function has led to grave doubts about how these institutions will operate in the fuiture. In The Research University in a Time of Discontent distonguished scholars address this concern, drwaing examples and making recommendations based on their own experience as academic administrators and faculty members.

In essays both learned and provocative—with new contributions enriching the collection previously published in Daedalus—these leading authorities on higher education policy and...

This drastically changed climate in which research universities and other institutions of higher education now function has led to grave doubts about how these institutions will operate in the fuiture. In The Research University in a Time of Discontent distonguished scholars address this concern, drwaing examples and making recommendations based on their own experience as academic administrators and faculty members.

In essays both learned and provocative—with new contributions enriching the collection previously published in Daedalus—these leading authorities on higher education policy and practice address a variety of important concerns:

• institutional leadership and governance
• competition among institutions and within disciplines
• the erosion of public trust
• "grade inflation" and the perversion of the academic reward system
• the challenges of diversity
• federal science policy
• increased competition for limited research funds
• the place of teaching within the research university

Reviews

Reviews

The book's key themes are managerial problems, internal politics, student-related issues and the perennial question of funding and resources.

This volume contains 19 papers on the current status of the research university particularly in light of diminished federal research support and of the opportunities and perils of the larger, international, educational stage.

About

Book Details

Publication Date
Status
Available
Trim Size
6
x
9
Pages
416
ISBN
9780801849589
Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. Balancing Acts: Dilemmas of Choice Facing Research Universities
Chapter 2. The Politics of Ambivalence: Diversity in the Research Universities
Chapter 3. Rationality and Realism, What

Preface
Chapter 1. Balancing Acts: Dilemmas of Choice Facing Research Universities
Chapter 2. The Politics of Ambivalence: Diversity in the Research Universities
Chapter 3. Rationality and Realism, What Is at Stake?
Chapter 4. Making Choices in the Research University
Chapter 5. Presidential Leadership
Chapter 6. Competition and the Research Universities
Chapter 7. The Mission of the Research University
Chapter 8. The Place of Teaching in the Research University
Chapter 9. Can the Research University Adapt to a Changing Future?
Chapter 10. America's Research Universities under Public Scrutiny
Chapter 11. In Defense of the Research University
Chapter 12. The Research University as a Setting for Undergraduate Teaching
Chapter 13. Current Criticisms of Research Universities
Chapter 14. The Appropriate Scale of the Health Sciences Enterprise
Chapter 15. Federal Science Policy and Universities: Consequences of Success
Chapter 16. Governing the Modern University
Chapter 17. The Distinction and Durability of American Research Universities
Chapter 18. Knowledge without Borders? Internationalization of the Research Universities
Chapter 19. The Research University: NOtes toward a New History
Index

Author Bios
Featured Contributor

Jonathan R. Cole

Jonathan R. Cole is Quetelet Professor of Social Science and provost at Columbia University.