Knowledge Matters: The Public Mission of the Research University (A Columbia / SSRC Book)

Knowledge Matters: The Public Mission of the Research University (A Columbia / SSRC Book)

By: Craig Calhoun (editor), Diana Rhoten (editor)Hardback

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Higher education can be a vital public good, providing opportunities for students, informed citizens for democracy, and knowledge to improve the human condition. Yet public investment in universities is widely being cut, often because public purposes are neglected while private benefits dominate. In this collection, international scholars confront the realities of higher education and the future of its public and private agenda. Their perspectives illuminate the trajectory of education in the twenty-first century and the continuing importance of the university's public mission. Reporting from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America, these scholars look at the different ways universities struggle to serve public and private agendas. Contributors examine the implications of changes in funding sources as well as amounts, different administrative and policy decisions, and the significance of various approaches to assessment and evaluation. They ask whether wider student access has in fact resulted in social mobility, whether more scientific research can be treated as an open-access resource, how changes in academic publishing change access to knowledge, and whether universities get full value from research sold to private corporations. At the same time, these chapters capture the confusion in the university sector over explaining academic work to a broader public and prioritizing its multiple purposes. Authors examine these practical challenges and the implications of different approaches in different contexts.

About Author

Diana Rhoten is the founder and director of the Knowledge Institutions program and the Digital Media and Learning project at the Social Science Research Council. She has published in a range of academic journals and advises cultural, scientific, and educational institutions on issues of organizational design, creative collaboration, and adaptive change. Craig Calhoun is president of the Social Science Research Council and University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University. He has served in a variety of academic leadership positions, including as a dean, and has conducted research in many international settings. His most recent book is an edited collection, Robert K. Merton: Sociology of Science and Sociology as Science.


List of Illustrations Preface Diana Rhoten and Craig Calhoun 1. The Public Mission of the Research University, by Craig Calhoun 2. Great Expectations, Past Promises, and Golden Ages: Rethinking the "Crisis" of Public Research Universities, by Gustavo E. Fischman, Sarah E. Igo, and Diana R. Rhoten 3. "El central volumen de la fuerza": Global Hegemony in Higher Education and Research, by Simon Marginson and Imanol Ordorika 4. The State, the University, and Society in Soviet and Russian Higher Education: The Search for a New Public Mission, by Mark S. Johnson and Andrey V. Kortunov 5. Public Research Universities in Latin America and Their Relation to Economic Development, by Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid and Pablo Ruiz-Napoles 6. When Neoliberalism Colonizes Higher Education in Asia: Bringing the "Public" Back to the Contemporary University, by Ka Ho Mok 7. Challenges for Higher Education in Africa, Ubuntu, and Democratic Justice, by Yusef Waghid 8. The Idea of the Public University and the National Project in Africa: Toward a Full Circle, from the 1960s to the Present, by N'Dri T. Assie-Lumumba and Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo 9. Rethinking What Is Made Public in the University's Public Mission, by John Willinsky 10. Public Research Universities: From Land Grant to Federal Grant to Patent Grant Institutions, by Diana Rhoten and Walter Powell 11. German Universities in the New Knowledge Ecology: Current Changes in Research Conditions and University-Industry Relations, by Stefan Lange and Georg Krucken 12. The Micropolitics of Knowledge in England and Europe: The Cambridge University IPRs Controversy and Its Macropolitical Lessons, by Voldemar Tomusk 13. Playing the Quality Game: Whose Quality and Whose Higher Education?, by John Brennan and Mala Singh 14. The Academic Workplace: What We Already Know, What We Still Do Not Know, and What We Would Like to Know, by Christine Musselin 15. Cultural Formations of the Public University: Globalization, Diversity, and the State at the University of Michigan, by Michael D. Kennedy List of Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780231151146
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 560
  • ID: 9780231151146
  • ISBN10: 0231151144

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