Knowledge Matters: The Public Mission of the Research University by Diana Rhoten

Knowledge Matters: The Public Mission of the Research University

byDiana Rhoten, Craig Calhoun

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Everyone from parents to policymakers has an interest in the mission of higher education, yet in many cases, the shifting relationship between public and private goods and public and private purposes has complicated that mission. Recent changes in organization, funding, and assessment have also altered the public purpose of universities. In this collection, scholars from around the world confront the realities of higher education and the future of its public and private agenda. Their perspective illuminates 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, scholars confront the realities of higher education and the future of its public and private agenda. Their perspective illuminates the trajectory of education in the twenty-first century and the continuing importance of the university's public mission. Contributors focus on the research university and its effort to create new knowledge. They examine the implications of different administrative and policy decisions and the significance of various approaches to assessment and evaluation. Essays track the shifting relationship between public and private goods and purposes, such as whether student access should award individual achievement or function as an investment in social contribution, or whether scientific research should be treated as private intellectual property or as an open-access resource. Is it right for a university to serve the economic interests of private corporations, and if so, what are the limits of beneficiary pay? Instead of reducing these questions to elements of good and bad, this anthology empirically assesses how they play out in practice and sets a new standard for research on global institutional policy.

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, a...
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Title:Knowledge Matters: The Public Mission of the Research UniversityFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 22, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Diana Rhoten and Craig Calhoun
1. The Public Mission of the Research University
Craig Calhoun
2. Great Expectations, Past Promises, and Golden Ages: Rethinking the "Crisis" of Public Research Universities
Gustavo E. Fischman, Sarah E. Igo, and Diana R. Rhoten
3. "El central volumen de la fuerza": Global Hegemony in Higher Education and Research
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
Mark S. Johnson and Andrey V. Kortunov
5. Public Research Universities in Latin America and Their Relation to Economic Development
Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid and Pablo Ruiz-Nápoles
6. When Neoliberalism Colonizes Higher Education in Asia: Bringing the "Public" Back to the Contemporary University
Ka Ho Mok
7. Challenges for Higher Education in Africa, Ubuntu, and Democratic Justice
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
N'Dri T. Assié-Lumumba and Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo
9. Rethinking What Is Made Public in the University's Public Mission
John Willinsky
10. Public Research Universities: From Land Grant to Federal Grant to Patent Grant Institutions
Diana Rhoten and Walter Powell
11. German Universities in the New Knowledge Ecology: Current Changes in Research Conditions and University-Industry Relations
Stefan Lange and Georg Krücken
12. The Micropolitics of Knowledge in England and Europe: The Cambridge University IPRs Controversy and Its Macropolitical Lessons
Voldemar Tomusk
13. Playing the Quality Game: Whose Quality and Whose Higher Education?
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
Christine Musselin
15. Cultural Formations of the Public University: Globalization, Diversity, and the State at the University of Michigan
Michael D. Kennedy
List of Contributors
Index

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A substantial contribution to our understanding of university purposes across national contexts. The editors draw together some of the best original thinking among the field's most prominent thinkers, offering conceptual foundations certain to inspire much-needed dialogue and further research.