The Emergence of the American University, Volume 596

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University of Chicago Press, Mar 15, 1970 - Education - 505 pages
The American university of today is the product of a sudden, mainly unplanned period of development at the close of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. At that time the university, and with it a recognizably modern style of academic life, emerged to eclipse the older, religiously oriented college. Precedents, formal and informal, were then set which have affected the soul of professor, student, and academic administrator ever since.

What did the men living in this formative period want the American university to become? How did they differ in defining the ideal university? And why did the institution acquire a form that only partially corresponded with these definitions? These are the questions Mr. Veysey seeks to answer.
 

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Contents

Discipline and Piety
21
The Psychology of the Mental Faculties
22
The Orthodox View of God and Man
25
The College as a Disciplinary Citadel
32
Pious Opposition to Intellectual License
40
Defeat
50
Utility
57
The Concept of Real Life
61
Liberal Culture and Academic Leadership
233
A Season of Reassessment 19081910
252
The Pattern of the New University
263
The Academic Boom of the Early Nineties
264
The Mind of the Undergraduate
268
The Gulf between Students and Faculty
294
The Rise of Administration
302
The Competition for Prestige
317

A Broad and Lofty Spirit of Reform
68
Cornells and Harvards
81
The Growth of Regional Contrasts
98
Social Efficiency as a Yardstick of Value
113
Utility at Flood Tide
118
Research
121
The Lure of the German University
125
The Investigative Temper
133
Styles of Scientific Faith
149
The Promotion of Institutionalized Research
158
Bench Marks of an Advancing Scientism
173
Liberal Culture
180
Definitions of Culture
184
In Pursuit of the WellRounded Man
197
Religion Inspiration and Intellect
203
Culture and American Society
212
The Humanities in the Classroom
221
Sources of Cohesion
332
Symptoms of Crystallization
338
The Tendency to Blend and Reconcile
342
Business Models for Educational Enterprise
346
The Academic Standards of the New Age
356
Varieties of the New Administrator
360
The Problem of the Unreconciled
381
The Hope and the Stalemate
384
Responses to Genius and Creative Eccentricity
418
The Jeremiad of the Idealists
433
The University as an American Institution
439
Chronology of Principal University Administrations
447
Bibliographical Note
448
Manuscript Collections
456
Abbreviations of Serial Publications
461
Index
463
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