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The Great American University

Friday, March 26, 2010

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.

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Comments [10]

NiaTrue from New York, NY

Anna:

Perhaps if Europe had had more public intellectuals--not to mention ordinary people--who stood up to facism and the Nazis--Europe's universities wouldn't have been destroyed?

And while it's common in Europe to describe people who immigrate to your country as "immigrants"--no matter how long they've lived there and even once they've obtained citizenship--in the U.S. once you have citizenship or if you've lived here for a long time, you're an American.

Mar. 29 2010 03:53 PM
anna

I only heard a fragment - the one in which Cole was bragging, conveniently forgetting that most of the achievements were done by "foreign product". Can someone explain to our professor that there is a difference between creating and buying. Further, can someone explain to him that the dead are less productive than the alive. There was a difference between some European countries destroyed (including people) during WWII and the U.S.

Mar. 27 2010 08:11 AM
anna

"while America’s universities are the envy of the world"
How much this envy, or to put it differently how much American reputation owns to the relentless propaganda and contant training of international propagandists and to the fact that for almost two centuries English has been lingua franca (British empire followed by American empire). What a great way to stimulate envy!!!

Mar. 27 2010 07:31 AM
anna

"As a graduate student I am concerned about the rise of adjunct hiring in place of full time faculty at universities. How is this impacting research, and what might be done about it?"#2

You are asking the wrong person. Not that his successor is better. Brinkley is known as an "organizer" of 160 (at least) law professors of Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Stanford etc. against a union of graduate students at NYU.

Mar. 27 2010 07:24 AM
anna

Ha, I didn't realized that it was Cole. The same Cole who was provost when Columbia was "honored" as one of the worst places to work (1988?). A provost at the same university which is primarily known for negative eugenics and "openmindeness" of its "leaders" such as Butler and Cole.

Mar. 27 2010 06:59 AM
anna

"At what point did our Universities become politically correct, left wing indoctrination centers?"#1
Yeah, politically incorrect American universities with their great theories such as negative eugenics are just wonderful. Not for millions of their victims.
How great can universities which have "Happiness SCIENCE" departments be? Shouldn't they be called great propaganda institutes.

Mar. 26 2010 02:22 PM
clonshee from nj

The transistor was one of many innovations of Bell Laboratories, in Murray Hill NJ, it did not come out of the universities.
This was the Bell Labs of the old AT&T, Ma Bell, which funded research that won it international acclaim.
Today, long after the Bell system breakup, it has become a pale stepchild of Lucent, and AT&T Labs is equally a weakling appendage to the new, Southern Bell dominated AT&T.

Mar. 26 2010 12:40 PM
kp from nj

I have been told that the creation of the land grant college was instrumental in setting American universities apart. Can the guest comment on that point?

Mar. 26 2010 12:27 PM
MH

As a graduate student I am concerned about the rise of adjunct hiring in place of full time faculty at universities. How is this impacting research, and what might be done about it?

Mar. 26 2010 12:25 PM
Jeff

At what point did our Universities become politically correct, left wing indoctrination centers?

Mar. 26 2010 12:13 PM

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