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The Price of Excellence : Universities in Conflict during the Cold War Era - Noam M.M. Neusner

The Price of Excellence

Universities in Conflict during the Cold War Era

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The Price of Excellence is an account of what went wrong with the great experiment to educate America. Though the story bears a negative charge, it also conveys hopeful messages of faith in the future of higher education. It offers an objective historical analysis of the rise and fall of higher education by a researcher trained in the 1980s, and by a senior scholar who was both participant in creating the golden age of American higher education and a victim of its dissolution.

Jacob Neusner's mistake was not in taking on almost the entire establishment in 'Jewish Studies.' His mistake was being better at it than all the rest of them put together. His quasi-memoir, written together with one of his sons, is not only an accountof what happens to somebody who takes on establishments and wins, it is also the story of American higher education for the last thirty years. The conclusion one must draw from his story is that the academics don't live up to their principles and neitherdoes the Academy, and when these two are combined it is very, very difficult to be an innovator, especially a brilliant one. -- Andrew M. Greeley, Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona No one with a commitment to the idealism and high standards that should dominate daily life in our college and universities can afford to miss reading this book. Jacob Neusner may anger some and delight others, but the sharpness of his mind and forcefulness of his opinions are not in doubt, and are vigorously evident in this volume. It is a welcome and provocative contribution to our reflections on the state of learning and the future of the university. -- Leon Botstein, President of Bard College No one with a commitment to the idealism and high standards that should dominate daily life in our college and universities can afford to miss reading this book. Jacob Neusner may anger some and delight others, but the sharpness of his mind and forcefulness of his opinions are not in doubt, and are vigorously evident in this volume. It is a welcome and provocative contribution to our reflections on the state of learning and the future of the university. -- Leon Botstein, President of Bard College Jacob Neusner's mistake was not in taking on almost the entire establishment in 'Jewish Studies.' His mistake was being better at it than all the rest of them put together. His quasi-memoir, written together with one of his sons, is not only an account of what happens to somebody who takes on establishments and wins, it is also the story of American higher education for the last thirty years. The conclusion one must draw from his story is that the academics don't live up to their principles and neither does the Academy, and when these two are combined it is very, very difficult to be an innovator, especially a brilliant one. -- Andrew M. Greeley, Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona

Prefacep. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 14
Introductionp. 17
The Loss of Vocationp. 17
The Modern History of the American University: Where It Beganp. 20
The Special, American Excellencep. 22
The Cold War and Higher Educationp. 23
Intellectual Arms for the Twilight Strugglep. 31
The Cold War and the Academyp. 34
Before the Reform of Secondary Educationp. 37
The Advent of Scholarship on Campusp. 39
General Education for a Global Visionp. 43
The Professional Revolution among the Professorsp. 45
Scholarship and Higher Education: The Curriculum Changesp. 50
A New Breed of Studentp. 52
The Sectarian and Parochial Institutionsp. 56
To Be Young Was Very Heavenp. 59
First Flower of Our Wilderness: Harvard Class of 1954p. 61
Henry Fellow at Oxford University. Italy, Germany, Israel, Englandp. 64
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Columbia Universityp. 70
Graduate Studiesp. 72
The Kent Fellows of the National Council on Religion in Higher Educationp. 75
Academic Snobberyp. 76
The Cold War and Mep. 79
Sputnik!p. 83
The Golden Decadep. 83
The Intellectual Expansion. Area Studiesp. 83
A Meteoric Careerp. 86
Move Over, Deans, Provosts, President--We're from the Government, and We're Here to Solve Your Problemsp. 89
The Challenge of Mass Education: Teaching and Research Part Companyp. 91
Professorial Governancep. 93
The Catholic, Black, and Women's Collegesp. 97
Vision Problems and the New Spectaclesp. 104
Getting Fired (1)p. 110
Publishing Too Muchp. 116
Getting Fired (2)p. 119
Not Defrocked but Unsuitedp. 124
Paradisep. 129
Finally, a Real Job ...p. 136
... in a Real Academic Fieldp. 140
Parrot's Beakp. 145
The Campus Calamityp. 145
The Golden Decade Endsp. 147
The Old Order Changes: Generations Move Onp. 149
Turning Gold into Leadp. 152
The Magaziner Reportp. 154
The Country Turns against the Academyp. 159
Wall Street and Madison Avenue Meet on Campusp. 161
Lost Faith, Lost Trustp. 166
A Depression? Averted, But Not Foreverp. 169
Losing Lusterp. 171
Leaving Dartmouthp. 173
The Ethnicization of Learningp. 174
The New Egalitarianism on Campusp. 179
Teachingp. 182
Scholarshipp. 184
Defender of the Faithp. 191
The Great Tradition Diesp. 195
The Campus and the Country Part Companyp. 195
"A Commencement Speech You'll Never Hear" That the Whole World Heardp. 196
The Dumbing Down of the Universitiesp. 202
Reagan's Revengep. 205
Dead, White, Male and Proud of Itp. 207
Turning Inwardp. 209
Falling Behindp. 212
The Consumer Is Always Rightp. 213
The Other Choicep. 216
A Career Concludes, the Ostracism Commencesp. 218
Scholarship Makes No Difference Herep. 220
A Time of Troublesp. 224
Getting Fired--Againp. 231
Restoring Reason, Renewing Rationalityp. 236
It's the Faculty, Stupid!p. 238
Bibliographyp. 242
Indexp. 246
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ISBN: 9780761827337
ISBN-10: 0761827331
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 19th February 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 16.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.38