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By Richard A. DeMillo

Nearly all of American students attend thousand or so deepest and public associations that may be defined because the Middle--reputable academic associations, yet no longer thought of equivalent to the elite and entrenched top echelon of the Ivy League and different prestigious colleges. Richard DeMillo has a caution for those faculties and universities within the heart: for those who don't switch, you are heading for irrelevance and marginalization. In Abelard to Apple, DeMillo argues that those associations, clinging precariously to a centuries-old version of upper schooling, are ignoring the social, ancient, and monetary forces at paintings in brand new international. within the age of iTunes, open resource software program, and for-profit on-line universities, there are new principles for better schooling. DeMillo, who has spent years in either academia andin undefined, explains how greater schooling arrived at its present parlous nation and gives a highway map for the twenty-first century. He describes the evolving version for greater schooling, from ecu universities dependent on a medieval version to American land-grant faculties to Apple's iTunes U and MIT's OpenCourseWare. He deals ten principles to aid schools reinvent themselves (including "Don't romanticize your weaknesses") and argues for a spotlight on educating undergraduates. DeMillo's message--for schools and universities, scholars, alumni, mom and dad, employers, and politicians--is that any university or college can swap path if it defines a compelling price proposition (one no longer dependent in "institutional envy" of Harvard and Berkeley) and imagines an establishment that offers it.

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Many professors were longtime activists whose opposition to the war and to the politicians waging it grew out of deeply held political convictions rather than scholarly research. S. Army Mathematics Research Center (MRC), where I had an office in the late 1970s. Despite the appearance of “Army” in the name of the center, there were no green uniforms around Sterling Hall. My colleagues were for the most part pure mathematicians with virtually no connection to the Vietnam War. But harsh political speech in classrooms on the other side of campus had whipped up radicals like David Fine and Leo Burt.

In particular, the one-time teachers colleges became comprehensive colleges and universities with a vast added array of occupationally oriented programs. 10 If the presidents of the most prestigious universities don’t really have much to worry about, there is little incentive for a president of a university that aspires to greatness to behave any differently. To get to the top of the hierarchy, an up-and-coming university must look and act like one of 32 Chapter 3 the institutions above it. If there is alarm among presidents, it is probably because some have noticed that “most successful new policies in higher education have come from the top [of the university],”11 and they have come to the realization that they have to play a different game.

4 Formal charges were eventually referred to a committee of the Board of Regents for a trial that was to include an evaluation of Ely’s writings. 5 Oliver Wells’s attempt to silence Richard Ely was followed by many struggles between raw political will and free academic inquiry. One of the most famous was the Walter Cocking Affair. Its outcome redefined the boundary between government and higher education. In 1941, the American state of Georgia was still a segregationist stronghold. Its three-term governor Eugene Talmadge was an enormously popular political figure who had been swept into office on the strength of a populist, free-market, anti–New Deal platform that catered to the state’s one-party rule and its racially divided past.

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