A University for the 21st Century

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University of Michigan Press, Apr 30, 2009 - Education - 376 pages
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From the former president of one of America's leading universities comes a comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing higher education in America as we enter the twenty-first century. In A University for the Twenty-first Century, James J. Duderstadt discusses the array of powerful economic, social, and technological forces that are driving the rapid and profound change in American social institutions and universities in particular.
Change has always characterized the university as it has sought to preserve and propagate the intellectual achievements, the cultures, and the values of our civilization. However, the capacity of the university to change, through a process characterized by reflection, reaction, and consensus, simply may not be sufficient to allow the university to control its own destiny. Not only will social and technical change be a challenge to the American university, Duderstadt says, it will be the watchword for the years ahead. And with change will come unprecedented opportunities for those universities with the vision, the wisdom, and the courage to lead in the twenty-first century. The real question raised by this book is not whether higher education will be transformed, but rather how . . . and by whom.
James J. Duderstadt is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan.
 

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Contents

lntroduction
3
The Challenge of Change
11
Reacting to a Changing World
36
Parti Signs of Change
71
Education
73
Research and Scholarship
110
Service to Society
132
The Academy
147
Diversity
192
Technology
220
Governance and Leadership
239
The Challenge oj Change 12 Transforming the University
261
The Future of the Higher Education Enterprise
290
Evolution or Revolution
319
Notes
335
Index 335
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Resources
165

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JAMES J. DUDERSTADT is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is author of numerous articles and books, including A University for the Twenty-first Century, and Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University. Dr. Duderstadt has received numerous awards for his research, teaching and service activities, and has served on and/or chaired numerous public and private boards.

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