The Dream Is Over: The Crisis of Clark Kerr's California Idea of Higher Education

The Dream Is Over: The Crisis of Clark Kerr's California Idea of Higher Education

by Simon Marginson


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The Dream Is Over: The Crisis of Clark Kerr's California Idea of Higher Education by Simon Marginson

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The Dream Is Over tells the extraordinary story of the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California, created by visionary University of California President Clark Kerr and his contemporaries. The Master Plan’s equality of opportunity policy brought college within reach of millions of American families for the first time and fashioned the world’s leading system of public research universities. The California idea became the leading model for higher education across the world and has had great influence in the rapid growth of universities in China and East Asia. Yet, remarkably, the political conditions supporting the California idea in California itself have evaporated. Universal access is faltering, public tuition is rising, the great research universities face new challenges, and educational participation in California, once the national leader, lags far behind. Can the social values embodied in Kerr’s vision be renewed?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520292840
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/12/2016
Series: Clark Kerr Lectures On the Role of Higher ducation in Society Series , #4
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Simon Marginson is Professor of
International Higher Education at the Institute of Education, University College London, and Director of the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education. He is also joint editor of the journal Higher Education.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Preface xi

Part 1 A City Upon a Hill: Clark Kerr and the California Idea of Higher Education

1 An Extraordinary Time 3

2 Clark Kerr 5

3 Clark Kerr and the California Idea 11

4 The Uses of the University 21

5 Martin Trow: Higher Education and Its Growth 28

6 Bob Clark: The Academic Heartland 36

7 Whither the California Idea of Higher Education? 40

Part 2 Crossing the Waters: The California Idea in the World

8 The Idea Spreads 51

9 Participation without Limit 56

10 The Spread of Science 65

11 The Global Multiversity 71

12 Systems and Stratification 81

13 American Universities in the Global Space 91

14 Enter the Dragon 96

15 Higher Education in China and the United States 110

Part 3 Bringing It All Back Home: The California Idea in a More Unequal America

16 Higher Education after Clark Kerr 121

17 The Impossibility of Public Good 126

18 The Impossibility of Taxation 132

19 Economic and Social Inequality 143

20 Unequal Opportunity 152

21 Higher Education and the Economy 168

22 Higher Education and Society 178

Epilogue: After the Dream 193

Notes 201

References 223

Index 239

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