University: An Owner's Manual

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"Superb. . . . Rosovsky has written an important book—probing, wise, shrewd, fair. . . . Deserves to be widely read." —James O. Freeman, Washington Post
A view of America's colleges and universities and how they are run, the challenges they face and the issues that affect their "owners" - students, faculty, alumni, trustees and others. Among the issues covered are tenure, the admission process in elite institutions and curriculum.
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Overview

"Superb. . . . Rosovsky has written an important book—probing, wise, shrewd, fair. . . . Deserves to be widely read." —James O. Freeman, Washington Post
A view of America's colleges and universities and how they are run, the challenges they face and the issues that affect their "owners" - students, faculty, alumni, trustees and others. Among the issues covered are tenure, the admission process in elite institutions and curriculum.

Drawing on 11 years as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, Henry Rosovsky offers a wise and witty view of America's colleges and universities; how they are run and the challenges they face, with special consideration to each of their "owners"--students, faculty, alumni, trustees, and others.

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Editorial Reviews

Linda Bradley Salamon - New York Times Book Review
“An extraoridnary gift for discerning major issues. . . . Mr. Rosovsky tackles the big public issues about postsecondary education today—curriculum and the dread canonicity, tenure with its potential stagnation, research versus teaching, the admissions process in elite institutions—in set pieces that are unfailingly informative.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This manual by a Harvard economics professor and former campus administrator is an uneasy mix of self-congratulatory personal memoir, college admissions guide for students and parents, and vigorous defense of American higher educaton. Rosovsky reaffirms the value of a liberal arts education, judging U.S. universities to be more democratic than their Japanese or European counterparts, and arguing that more than two-thirds of the world's best colleges are in the U.S. He discusses the hazards and rewards of teaching, advocates a core curriculum, outlines guiding principles for administrators and defends the tenure system as a ``social contract'' ensuring high-quality faculty. He is eloquent when upholding the mission of the university as keeper of the cultural flame. Mar.
Library Journal
The author's observations of the world of ``The University'' are made with wit and wisdom accumulated through his 11 years as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. The exploration of the views of the various university owners--students, faculty, administrators, trustees, alumni--provides insights for all university newcomers, but only when tempered with the knowledge that Rosovsky's experiences at Harvard will not always be valid for those entering the university society in many less-renowned institutions, especially those governed by public boards. While Rosovsky is at his best in presenting a dean's-level view of the university community, Josef Martin's To Rise Above Principle (LJ 5/1/88) provides more enjoyable reading from that same perch.-- Annelle R. Huggins, Memphis State Univ . Libs.
Booknews
For eleven years Rosovsky (economics, Harvard U.) was dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. He here reviews the mission and the mores of America's colleges and universities with special consideration to each of its "owners"--students and their families, alumni, faculty, donors, trustees, the press, and the general public. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393307832
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1991
  • Pages: 299
  • Sales rank: 691,352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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