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Clark Kerr's World of Higher Education Reaches the 21st Century

Chapters in a Special History

Series: Higher Education Dynamics, Vol. 38

Rothblatt, Sheldon (Ed.)

2012, XX, 252 p.

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  • First detailed analysis from multiple perspectives connecting Kerr's work to comparative higher education policy making nationally and internationally
  • Provides portraits of a complex and supremely honest man
  • Places Kerr’s life, thinking and policy initiatives in the broader context of the evolution of higher education systems and structures since 1950 or 1960
  • Uniquely examines the dilemmas, contradictions and outcomes of higher education planning policies and structures in differing national contexts

This volume consists of original essays by academic leaders and scholars connected to Clark Kerr’s life and work. He was arguably America’s most significant higher education thinker and public policy analyst in the last 50 years of the 20th century and renowned globally. However, little thoughtful attention has been devoted to assessing the whole of his work. Some commentators misunderstand the man as well as his ideas. The California Master Plan for Higher Education of 1960 was one of his famous undertakings, as was his part in shaping the multi-campus University of California towards global eminence.  He coined the word “multiversity” to describe what he called the “uses” of the university, but began to think it had become much too “multi”. Some of his most important work was as director of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and the Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education, which laid the foundation for sophisticated policy-making. The contributors honor the achievements of a remarkable man and provide portraits of him, but of equal importance are their critical discussions of the sources of his thinking, his attempts to balance access and merit in mass higher education circumstances, the policy issues that he confronted and the success of their resolution. For many of the contributors, Kerr’s work is the starting point for understanding policy issues in varying regional and national contexts. Often thought to be a social scientist eager to keep abreast of trends, Kerr was actually au fond a moralist and surprisingly old-fashioned in his personal values.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » California Master Plan - Carnegie Commission - Carnegie Council - Clark Kerr - Oxbridge collegiate university - Robbins Report - Sheldon Rothblatt - academic leadership - access issues - higher education planning - institutions - meritocracy - modern university - multi-campus - multiversity - policy studies - public higher education - student transfer - university

Related subjects » Education & Language - Higher Education - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Foreword; Vartan Gregorian.- Prefatory Remarks; Sheldon Rothblatt.- Acknowledgements.- List of Contributors.- 1. Clark Kerr: Two Voices; Sheldon Rothblatt.- 2. Clark Kerr and the Carnegie Commission and Council; Arthur Levine.- 3. The Perils of Success: Clark Kerr and the Master Plan for Higher Education; Patrick M. Callan.- 4. The California Master Plan: Influential Beyond State Borders?; David W. Breneman and Paul E. Lingenfelter.- 5. Parallel Worlds: the California Master Plan and the Development of British Higher Education; Michael Shattock.- 6. Contrary Imaginations: France, Reform and the California Master Plan; Guy Neave.- 7. The Disintegration of Higher Education in Europe, 1970-2010: A Post-Humboldtian Essay; Thorsten Nybom.- 8. Pragmatic Reformer as Romantic Radical?  Clark Kerr and the University of California at Santa Cruz; Ted Tapper and David Palfreyman.- 9. Clark Kerr: Triumphs and Turmoil; David Pierpont Gardner.- Index.

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