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Derek Bok examines the advanced moral and social concerns dealing with glossy universities at the present time, and indicates techniques that would permit the tutorial establishment either to serve society and to proceed its fundamental challenge of educating and research.

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An very important treatise. the 1st critical try out when you consider that Clark Kerr's 1963 The makes use of of the college to investigate the position of the college in smooth society...The booklet serves as a kick off point for what's prone to be crucial college debate within the decade forward. (Los Angeles instances e-book Review)

A reasoned, compassionate and eventually conservative view of the university's ethical origin and accountability to society...[Bok] expresses his radical trust within the necessity of educational freedom whereas noting the strings which are hooked up to that freedom.. As a coarse roadmap of 1 means universities can proceed...this e-book is a catalyst and a hit. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Bok "brings to the duty a keenly analytical brain and an acute sensitivity to the configurations of institutional energy and clash. (New York instances e-book Review)

Discerning and informative... his publication speaks additionally to the tax-payers, mom and dad and philanthropists who pay for education, and the companies and shoppers who've a growing to be stake in university-based learn. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Derek Bok offers a really good written, considerate and cogent research of a few of the main advanced and emotional concerns prior to larger schooling this present day. (Washington put up booklet global)

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2. " Chronicle of Higher Education, 22 (March 15, 1976), 11. 22 Basic Academic Values ments for upholding the right to strike, for advocating racial integration, for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, for supporting the recognition of Communist China. As noted a figure as Bertrand Russell was barred from teaching at the City College of New York for propounding "immoral and salacious doctrines" that seemed to condone extramarital sex. Groups that seek to impose their orthodoxies today will presumably concede these errors, but will insist that their own opinions rest on firmer ground.

More often, the burdens take the form of added staff and effort to fill out forms, compile data, cope with on-site investigations, and meet the many procedural requirements that follow in the wake of federal laws and regulations. The cumulative costs of compliance are already running into millions of dollars each year for large universities, and the relative burdens are undoubtedly greater for smaller institutions. In contrast to corporations, universities cannot readily pass along these expenses by raising prices to consumers.

In these circumstances, the most that a university can do is to try to free the scholar from artificial constraints that are subject to its control. It can do its best not to penalize a professor for his opinions and to defend his right to express his views from hostile pressures outside the institution. If these efforts cannot produce complete intellectual freedom, they remain no less beneficial. Anyone who seriously doubts this conclusion has only to look at the conditions that prevail in authoritarian countries and ask whether he would be equally content to be a scholar under those repressive conditions.

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