Beyond The Ivory Tower / Edition 1

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Overview

Derek Bok examines the complex ethical and social issues facing modern universities today, and suggests approaches that will allow the academic institution both to serve society and to continue its primary mission of teaching and research.
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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times Book Review
An important treatise. the first serious attempt since Clark
Kerr's 1963 The Uses of the University to analyze the role of the university in modern society...The book serves as a starting point for what is likely to be the most important university debate in the decade ahead.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Discerning and informative... his book speaks also to the tax-payers, parents and philanthropists who pay for schooling, and the corporations and consumers who have a growing stake in university-based research.
San Francisco Chronicle
A reasoned, compassionate and ultimately conservative view of the university's moral foundation and responsibility to society...[Bok] expresses his radical belief in the necessity of academic freedom while noting the strings that are attached to that freedom.. As a rough roadmap of one way universities can proceed...this book is a catalyst and a success.
New York Times Book Review
Bok "brings to the task a keenly analytical mind and an acute sensitivity to the configurations of institutional power and conflict.
Washington Post Book World
Derek Bok presents an extremely well written, thoughtful and cogent analysis of some of the most complex and emotional issues before higher education today.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
An important treatise. the first serious attempt since Clark Kerr's 1963 The Uses of the University to analyze the role of the university in modern society...The book serves as a starting point for what is likely to be the most important university debate in the decade ahead.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674068988
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1984
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 1,418,365
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek C. Bok is President Emeritus and Three Hundredth Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Basic Academic Values

1. Academic Freedom

2. Institutional Autonomy and the Demands of the State

3. The Purposes of the University and Its Responsibilities to Society

Part II: Academic Responses to Social Problems

4. Access to the University and the Problem of Racial Inequality

5. The Moral Development of Students

6. Academic Science and the Quest for Technological Innovation

7. The Social Responsibilities of Research

8. Technical Assistance Abroad

Part III: Addressing Social Problems By Nonacademic Means

9. The University and the Local Community

10. Taking Political Positions

11. Accepting Gifts

12. Boycotts and Other Efforts to Avoid Outside Relationships

Conclusion

Index

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