About the Book

The Great American University

The Great American University

Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected
April 2012
Trade Paperback · 640 Pages
$22.99 U.S. · $26.50 CAN · €16.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781610390972


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As the economic crisis forces a new focus on longterm investment in institutions, it is essential that we recognize the contributions of America's great research universities to our national welfare. They have been a model of innovation throughout the world, and they are a rich resource for the complex economic, social, scientific, technological, and medical problems we face. In a transforming economic landscape, Jonathan Cole argues that it is crucial that we support and nurture this powerful'yet underappreciated'national resource.

About the Author

Jonathan R. Cole was Columbia University's provost and dean of faculties from 1989 to 2003, holding the position as the university's chief academic officer for the second-longest tenure in its 254-year history. He is currently the John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus at the University at Columbia.