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The university we need : reforming American higher education

Author: Warren Treadgold
Publisher: New York ; London : Encounter Books, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Though many people know that American universities now offer an inadequate and incoherent education from a leftist viewpoint that excludes moderate and conservative ideas, few people understand how much this matters, how it happened, how bad it is, or what can be done about it. In The University We Need, Professor Warren Treadgold shows the crucial role of universities in American culture and politics, the causes  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Treadgold, Warren, 1949-
University we need.
New York : Encounter Books, [2018]
(DLC) 2017059578
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Warren Treadgold
ISBN: 9781594039898 1594039895 1594039909 9781594039904
OCLC Number: 1004583303
Description: x, 184 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Do universities matter? --
The problems --
The origins of campus leftism --
What is good teaching? --
What is good research? --
Proposals for legislation --
A proposal for a university --
Inspiring a renaissance.
Other Titles: Reforming American higher education
Responsibility: Warren Treadgold.

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"Though many people know that American universities now offer an inadequate and incoherent education from a leftist viewpoint that excludes moderate and conservative ideas, few people understand how much this matters, how it happened, how bad it is, or what can be done about it. In The University We Need, Professor Warren Treadgold shows the crucial role of universities in American culture and politics, the causes of their decline in administrative bloat and inept academic hiring, the effects of the decline on teaching and research, and some possible ways of reversing the downward trend. He explains that one suggested reform, the abolition of tenure, would further increase the power of administrators, further decrease the quality of professors, and make universities even more doctrinaire and intolerant. Instead, he proposes federal legislation to monitor the quality and honesty of professors and to limit spending on administration to no more than 20 percent of university budgets (Harvard now spends 40 percent). Finally, he offers a specific proposal for the founding of a new leading university that could seriously challenge the dominance of Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, and Berkeley and attract conservative and moderate faculty and students now isolated in universities and colleges that are either leftist or mediocre. While agreeing with conservative critics that universities are in severe crisis, Treadgold believes that the universities' problems largely transcend ideology and have grown worse partly because disputants on both sides of the academic debate have misunderstood the methods and goals of higher education."--

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