Higher Education Cannot Escape History
Issues for the Twenty-first Century
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As we approach the end of the twentieth century and enter the twenty-first, the nation's system of colleges and universities, as well as higher education around the world, will face some enduring conflicts and contradictions—the basic challenges that must be confronted and solved again and again in every generation. These include nationalization versus internationalization in higher education, merit in academic pursuits versus equality of treatment, the preservation of the past versus improvement of the present or changes in the future, differentiation of functions among higher education institutions versus their homogenization in a world of mass access, and commitment to ethical conduct in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge versus exploitation of the process for individual gain.
This book outlines possible solutions to these dilemmas that will enable higher education to continue to serve its own imperatives as well as contribute to the quality of life around the world in the coming years and decades.
Clark Kerr is President Emeritus and former Chancellor and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the former Chair of the Carnegie Commission (and later Council) on Higher Education, and the former Chair and Director of a National Commission on Strengthening Presidential Leadership under the auspices of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. He is the author of The Great Transformation in Higher Education, 1960-1980, and Troubled Times for American Higher Education: The 1990s and Beyond, both published by SUNY Press, and The Uses of the University.
"Clark Kerr's experience and his distinct perspective form the basis for an utterly unique and valuable statement. This book ties together important lines of thought and offers highly original perspectives on the comparative state of higher education among leading nations. It is obvious that a widely experienced person with a deep grasp of the subject is doing creative and constructive work. Kerr's book is in a class by itself. " — David W. Leslie, Florida State University