Beyond the Ivory Tower: Social Responsibilities of the by Derek Bok

By Derek Bok

Derek Bok examines the complicated moral and social matters dealing with glossy universities at the present time, and indicates methods that might enable the tutorial establishment either to serve society and to proceed its fundamental challenge of educating and research.


An very important treatise. the 1st critical try out considering that Clark Kerr's 1963 The makes use of of the college to research the position of the collage in glossy society...The publication serves as a kick off point for what's more likely to be an important collage debate within the decade forward. (Los Angeles instances publication Review)

A reasoned, compassionate and eventually conservative view of the university's ethical beginning and accountability to society...[Bok] expresses his radical trust within the necessity of educational freedom whereas noting the strings which are connected to that freedom.. As a coarse roadmap of 1 manner universities can proceed...this booklet is a catalyst and successful. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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

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

Derek Bok offers a very good written, considerate and cogent research of a few of the main complicated and emotional matters ahead of better schooling this day. (Washington put up ebook international)

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Similarly, an agency intent on protecting students from substandard educatiollal programs might wisely prefer to order universities to make more information available to applicants instead of embarking on the treacherous course of establislling minimum standards of educational quality. Although market strategies have their virtues, they also have severe limitations. Many social ends cannot be achieved through the operation of market forces. Better information about job opSTRENGTHENING MARKET FORCES 46 Basic Academic Values portunities may help women and minorities to locate academic posts, but it will hardly do away with the need for rules outlawing discrimination.

Experience teaches us that government intrusion has serious limitations and costs that are inherent in the very process of public regulation. To begin with, the officials who enact and interpret our laws often make mistakes. They may err because they do not adequately understand the institutions they seek to regulate. They may burden universities with inappropriate regulations designed for the different circumstances of industrial firms. They may also feel driven by constituency pressures to act even if they do not know enough to devise a sound solution for the problem at hand.

Professors would be inhibited from expressing their opinions or even doing research on controversial subjects for fear of being penalized and harassed. 3 Potential appointments would be quietly shelved to avoid provoking acrimonious disputes. In these ways faculty members would be restrained in the exercise of a freedom that is central to their calling. The university would be unable to secure the services of professors who could contribute substantially to the institution. And society would suffer the loss of new ideas and discoveries in fields that proved too controversial to attract able scholars.

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