The Future of the Public University in America: Beyond the Crossroads / Edition 1

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Overview

In the United States, public colleges and universities educate more than 80 percent of the nation's 11 million college students. Public universities conduct the majority of the country's campus-based research and produce most of the nation's doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, and other professionals and public leaders. They provide critical services such as agricultural and industrial technology, health care, and economic development, and they help students of all ages develop more rewarding careers and more meaningful lives.

The Future of the Public University in America explores the unique challenges facing public higher education today, from the forces driving change—economic imperatives, technology, and market forces—to the characteristics of the public university that make change difficult: the nature of its various campus communities, its governance system, its management and decision-making processes, and its leadership. The authors conclude by suggesting strategies at the state and federal level to preserve and strengthen public higher education as a resource for future generations.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

On the Horizon
Duderstadt and Womack paint a picture of the present and allow us to glimpse, along with them, a future, seen through the proverbial glass, darkly.

— Tom Abeles

Connection
The university is about ideas—incubating a few self-reflective new ones about its own role and function has to be helpful.

— Theodora J. Kalikow

Studies in Higher Education
They have certainly done the public university, and not only in the USA, a considerable service by mapping out the problem with such clarity and authority.

— Roger Brown

On the Horizon - Tom Abeles

Duderstadt and Womack paint a picture of the present and allow us to glimpse, along with them, a future, seen through the proverbial glass, darkly.

Connection - Theodora J. Kalikow

The university is about ideas—incubating a few self-reflective new ones about its own role and function has to be helpful.

Studies in Higher Education - Roger Brown

They have certainly done the public university, and not only in the USA, a considerable service by mapping out the problem with such clarity and authority.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801880629
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 10/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 1,226,114
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

James J. Duderstadt is president emeritus and university professor of science and engineering at the University of Michigan. Farris W. Womack served as the chief financial officer at the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina. He also served as the chief financial officer of the State of Arkansas and the State of North Carolina.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 A New Century 1
2 The Public University 11
3 Responding to the Changing Needs of Society 30
4 Technology 58
5 Market Forces 75
6 Financing the Public University 100
7 University Leadership 130
8 Governance 150
9 University Transformation 181
10 The Future 204
Notes 221
Index 231
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Reading Group Guide

The American public university is a most remarkable institution. It was created with a combination of vision and pragmatism, and has proven to be impressively adaptable to society's changing needs. Duderstadt and Womack, with insight acquired and honed in the trenches and on the battlements of one of the nation's foremost public universities, are pragmatic in addressing the challenges now facing the public universities access and cost, new technology, market forces, financing, leadership, governance, etc. and visionary in spelling out the opportunities that beckon.
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