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The University: An Owner's Manual

The University: An Owner's Manual
Author: Henry Rosovsky
ISBN 13: 9780393307832
ISBN 10: 393307832
Edition: N/A
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1991-06-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
List Price: $21.95

"Superb. . . . Rosovsky has written an important book—probing, wise, shrewd, fair. . . . Deserves to be widely read." —James O. Freeman, Washington Post

Publishers Weekly

This manual by a Harvard economics professor and former campus administrator is an uneasy mix of self-congratulatory personal memoir, college admissions guide for students and parents, and vigorous defense of American higher educaton. Rosovsky reaffirms the value of a liberal arts education, judging U.S. universities to be more democratic than their Japanese or European counterparts, and arguing that more than two-thirds of the world's best colleges are in the U.S. He discusses the hazards and rewards of teaching, advocates a core curriculum, outlines guiding principles for administrators and defends the tenure system as a ``social contract'' ensuring high-quality faculty. He is eloquent when upholding the mission of the university as keeper of the cultural flame. (Mar.)