Toward a More Perfect University by Jonathan R. ColeToward a More Perfect University by Jonathan R. Cole

Toward a More Perfect University

byJonathan R. Cole

Hardcover | January 26, 2016

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A renowned academic leader identifies the ways America's great universities should evolve in the decades ahead to maintain their global preeminence and enhance their intellectual stature and social mission as higher education confronts the twenty-first-century developments in technology, humanities, culture, and economics.

Jonathan R. Cole, former provost and current University Professor at Columbia University, addresses some of the biggest challenges facing the modern American university:
• developing effective admission policies,
• creating the most meaningful examinations,
• dealing with rising costs,
• making undergraduate education central to the university's mission,
• exploring the role of the humanities,
• facilitating new discoveries and innovation,
• determining the place for professional schools,
• developing the research campuses of the future,
• assessing the role of sports,
• designing leadership and governance,
• and combating intellectual and legal threats to academic freedom.
Jonathan R. Cole, currently the John Mitchell Mason Professor at Columbia University, is widely known throughout the United States for his fourteen years (1989-2003) as Columbia's provost, holding the position for the second-longest tenure in the university's 250-year history. He has also served as dean of faculties and vice president ...
Title:Toward a More Perfect UniversityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 1.38 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:PublicaffairsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1610392655

ISBN - 13:9781610392655

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“Jonathan Cole knows his stuff, and it is once again on display in this new book. Drawing on deep expertise and experience he writes cogently and candidly about that complex gem of American culture, the research university. Yes, he argues, American research universities are clearly the best in the world, but they can and should be even better. On a wide range of subjects from admissions and student debt to the value and cost of high-powered scientific research, he offers ideas for reform and improvement, some of them controversial, all of them smart. This is a book by an insider that insiders and outsiders alike need to read.” —Hunter R. Rawling III, president, Association of American Universities, president emeritus, Cornell University“Jonathan Cole's engaging book—filled with new ideas—proposes significant structural and other reforms that universities should consider if they are to enhance their stature as major contributors to our innovative and open society.” —George Soros