The Great American University

Former provost and dean of faculties and John Mitchell Mason Professor at Columbia University, Jonathan R. Cole discusses how it is that while America’s universities are the envy of the world, few understand how and why they’ve earned that reputation. In The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected he traces the history of colleges and universities in America. He also looks at the considerable threats American universities face—from foreign competition to government-imposed ideological constraints to the financial crisis’s impact on funding.