Academic Business – The American Experience

USA“In a recent commentary on Academic culture within the United States, Prof Andrew Delbanco, Director of American Studies and Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University analyses the changing face of academia in the US. ‘Should the mission of college go beyond imparting skills and handing out a useful credential? In his 2003 book, “Universities in the Marketplace,” Derek Bok, the former Harvard president, made the shocking observation that “faculties currently display scant interest in preparing undergraduates to be democratic citizens, a task once regarded as the principal purpose of a liberal education and one urgently needed at this moment in the United States” …’” (more)

[Watchdog on Higher Education in Ireland, 14 May]

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