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De Lange VIII: Reinventing the Research University to Save a Changing World

February 27, 2012 by James Duderstadt

De Lange Conference

The Future of the Research University in a Global Age

February 27-28, 2012

Session I, moderated by David Leebron, President, Rice University

Speaker: James Duderstadt, President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan


The seemingly incompatible imperatives of a changing world–massification (extending college degree attainment), league table rankings (achieving world-class research capacity and quality), exponentiating technologies (cyberinfrastructure, open learning resources, social networking), and shifting public priorities (viewing education as less a public good than a private benefit)–are all posing formidable challenges to higher education. While these are driving many institutional changes at the margin (increasing enrollments, expanding use of part-time faculty, rising tuition levels), recent studies at the international, national, regional, and institutional level suggest that not only is a more fundamental restructuring of higher education necessary, but new paradigms of learning, scholarship, and engagement may be required that will radically change the public purpose, mission, and character of the research university itself.



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