The Emergence of the American University

Author: Laurence R. Veysey

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226854564

Category: Education

Page: 519

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The American university of today is the product of a sudden, mainly unplanned period of development at the close of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. At that time the university, and with it a recognizably modern style of academic life, emerged to eclipse the older, religiously oriented college. Precedents, formal and informal, were then set which have affected the soul of professor, student, and academic administrator ever since. What did the men living in this formative period want the American university to become? How did they differ in defining the ideal university? And why did the institution acquire a form that only partially corresponded with these definitions? These are the questions Mr. Veysey seeks to answer.
The American University of Beirut

Author: Betty S. Anderson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292742178

Category: History

Page: 280

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Since the American University of Beirut opened its doors in 1866, the campus has stood at the intersection of a rapidly changing American educational project for the Middle East and an ongoing student quest for Arab national identity and empowerment. Betty S. Anderson provides a unique and comprehensive analysis of how the school shifted from a missionary institution providing a curriculum in Arabic to one offering an English-language American liberal education extolling freedom of speech and analytical discovery. Anderson discusses how generations of students demanded that they be considered legitimate voices of authority over their own education; increasingly, these students sought to introduce into their classrooms the real-life political issues raging in the Arab world. The Darwin Affair of 1882, the introduction of coeducation in the 1920s, the Arab nationalist protests of the late 1940s and early 1950s, and the even larger protests of the 1970s all challenged the Americans and Arabs to fashion an educational program relevant to a student body constantly bombarded with political and social change. Anderson reveals that the two groups chose to develop a program that combined American goals for liberal education with an Arab student demand that the educational experience remain relevant to their lives outside the school's walls. As a result, in eras of both cooperation and conflict, the American leaders and the students at the school have made this American institution of the Arab world and of Beirut.
The American University

Author: Ronald G. Ehrenberg

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801433509

Category: Education

Page: 200

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Over the past decade, America's research universities have been accused, with increasing frequency and passion, of a wide variety of sins. Universities do not devote enough attention to undergraduate education, the charge goes, or they pursue unnecessary research, or they award doctoral degrees that focus too narrowly and take too long to complete. What have these institutions done to provoke such criticism and why has financial support from both public and private sectors eroded? In The American University, distinguished scholars and administrators address these issues and suggest ways in which research universities can respond to current and future challenges. The challenges are complex, and the contributors are willing to redefine fundamental objectives to rebuild public trust. Each essay addresses one of the issues on which the future of American research universities may pivot. What responsibilities does a university have to enhance social mobility? Why have the research partnerships between government and academia broken down? How comprehensive and how effective is undergraduate and graduate teaching? What are realistic prospects for the humanities and social sciences at the university, and what are the prospects for science and technology?
Clinical Medicine Research History at the American University of Beirut, Faculty of Medicine 1920-1974

Author: Mounir(Munir) E Nassar, M.D., FACP

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781490832784

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 174

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This is a historical document of the origin and progress of clinical medicine research at the AUB School of Medicine from 1920–1974 and a synopsis of the founding of the Syrian Protestant College by Presbyterian missionaries. Later on the college became known the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon (1920). Throughout the manuscript, the author attempts to comment on certain important clinical research as well as his journey into clinical research both in Lebanon and in the United States. An interesting section of the book includes the discovery of the pulmonary circulation by Ibn an-Nafis.
Designing the New American University

Author: Michael M. Crow

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421417233

Category: Education

Page: 361

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Intro -- Contents -- Preface, by Michael M. Crow -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Solving for X with U -- 1 American Research Universities at a Fork in the Road -- 2 The Gold Standard in American Higher Education -- 3 The Varieties of Academic Tradition -- 4 Discovery, Creativity, and Innovation -- 5 Designing Knowledge Enterprises -- 6 A Pragmatic Approach to Innovation and Sustainability -- 7 Designing a New American University at the Frontier -- Conclusion: Toward More New American Universities -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- W -- Z.
The American University

Author: Jacques Barzun

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226038452

Category: Education

Page: 355

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When it was published in 1968, a year noted for historic student protests on campuses across the country, The American University spoke in Jacques Barzun's characteristically wise and lucid voice about what colleges and universities were really meant to do—and how they actually worked. Drawing on a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishment as a teacher, administrator, and scholar, Barzun here describes the immense demands placed on the university by its competing constituencies—students, faculty, administrators, alumni, trustees, and the political world around it all. "American higher education is fortunate to have had a scholar and intellectual of Jacques Barzun's stature give so many years of service to the daily bread-and-butter details of running a great university and then share his reflections with us in a literate, humane, and engaging book."—Charles Donovan, America
Freefall of the American University

Author: Jim Nelson Black

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9781418551636

Category: Education

Page: 384

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It's happening in colleges all across the country. Instead of being educational institutions designed to encourage the free discussion of ideas, universities have become prisons of propaganda, indoctrinating students with politically correct (and often morally repugnant) ideas about American life and culture. This book exposes the liberal bias in today's universities, providing hard evidence, in clear and unimpeachable terms, that shows how today's colleges are covertly and overtly proselytizing with leftist slants on sexuality, politics, and lifestyles. By naming names and providing specific and credible insights from faculty members, administrators, professional observers, and analysts who have witnessed and chronicled the intellectual and ethical collapse taking place within the academy, this book offers a broad overview of the issues, the history of the problems, analysis from a broad range of academics and professionals, and also observations of the university students themselves, in their own words, from schools all across the nation.
Science, Democracy, and the American University

Author: Andrew Jewett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139577106

Category: History


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This book reinterprets the rise of the natural and social sciences as sources of political authority in modern America. Andrew Jewett demonstrates the remarkable persistence of a belief that the scientific enterprise carried with it a set of ethical values capable of grounding a democratic culture - a political function widely assigned to religion. The book traces the shifting formulations of this belief from the creation of the research universities in the Civil War era to the early Cold War years. It examines hundreds of leading scholars who viewed science not merely as a source of technical knowledge, but also as a resource for fostering cultural change. This vision generated surprisingly nuanced portraits of science in the years before the military-industrial complex and has much to teach us today about the relationship between science and democracy.