The Uses of the University

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Harvard University Press, 1995 - Education, Higher - 226 pages
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America's university president extraordinaire adds a new chapter and preface to The Uses of the University , probably the most important book on the modern university ever written. This summa on higher education brings the research university into the new century. The multiversity that Clark Kerr so presciently discovered now finds itself in an age of apprehension with few certainties. Leaders of institutions of higher learning can be either hedgehogs or foxes in the new age. Kerr gives five general points of advice on what kinds of attitudes universities should adopt. He then gives a blueprint for action for foxes, suggesting that a few hedgehogs need to be around to protect university autonomy and the public weal.

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User Review  - Joseph Serwach - Goodreads

Book includes Kerr's 1963 lectures on universities and includes subsequent chapters written in 1972, 1994 and 2001. Many of his predictions were dead-on and much of what he describes is as true today as it was then. A great read with a great look at the big picture of higher education Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

The fifth edition of Uses of the University has nine chapters: three from the 1963 edition and six written in the years since. In the first three chapters, Kerr describes the evolution of the ... Read full review


The Idea of a Multiversity
The Realities of the Federal Grant University
The Future of the City of Intellect

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Clark Kerr (1911-2003) was president of the University of California and the founding director of the Institute of Industrial Relations. He is the author of The Uses of the University.

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