Filling in the Moat Around the Ivory Tower

  • Vachel Miller
  • David K. Scott
Part of the Outreach Scholarship book series (OUTR, volume 7)

Abstract

Over the past one hundred and fifty years, higher education in America has undergone fundamental changes. After a long emphasis on teaching, the idea of service to society re-oriented higher education in the mid 19th century, highlighted by the creation of the land-grant universities. Then, over the last century and particularly after the Second World War, the focus shifted toward research, and academic subspecialties proliferated. Now the university finds itself with a tri-partite mission and a sprawling accumulation of autonomous units — a multiversity — with no deeper forces of integration guiding its evolution. The splintered forms of inquiry we have inherited from the past do not always serve well a world in which complex problems are not neatly packaged according to academic disciplines.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vachel Miller
    • 1
  • David K. Scott
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts-AmherstUSA

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