Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What I'm Reading: 'Designing the New American University'

The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 26th, 2015


There are two kinds of books about higher education. The first kind offer prescriptions for the various ills facing colleges and universities. In that genre, it is common to not only bash the current system but to recommend that it be swept aside and replaced by something else entirely. Then there are books by college presidents. With few exceptions — William Bowen’s prodigious bibliography comes to mind — these tend to be of the valedictory and memoir variety.
It is rare that a sitting president publishes a statement of intent, but that’s exactly what Arizona State University’s president, Michael M. Crow, and his collaborator, the historian William B. Dabars, have done in Designing the New American University. Like Clark Kerr’s The Uses of the University, which defined American research universities for the last half of the 20th century, it is a road map for the future.

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