A University for the 21st Century / Edition 1

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Overview


From the former president of one of America's leading universities comes a comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing higher education in America as we enter the twenty-first century. In A University for the Twenty-first Century, James J. Duderstadt discusses the array of powerful economic, social, and technological forces that are driving the rapid and profound change in American social institutions and universities in particular.

Change has always characterized the university as it has sought to preserve and propagate the intellectual achievements, the cultures, and the values of our civilization. However, the capacity of the university to change, through a process characterized by reflection, reaction, and consensus, simply may not be sufficient to allow the university to control its own destiny. Not only will social and technical change be a challenge to the American university, Duderstadt says, it will be the watchword for the years ahead. And with change will come unprecedented opportunities for those universities with the vision, the wisdom, and the courage to lead in the twenty-first century. The real question raised by this book is not whether higher education will be transformed, but rather how . . . and by whom.

James J. Duderstadt is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472110919
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 3/8/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,529,658
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Part 1. A Time of Change
1 Introduction 3
2 The Challenge of Change 11
3 Reacting to a Changing World 36
Part 2. Signs of Change
4 Education 73
5 Research and Scholarship 110
6 Service to Society 132
7 The Academy 147
8 Resources 165
9 Diversity 192
10 Technology 220
11 Governance and Leadership 239
Part 3. The Challenge of Change
12 Transforming the University 261
13 The Future of the Higher Education Enterprise 290
14 Evolution or Revolution 319
Notes 335
Index 353
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