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Higher Education Exchange 2001

The Higher Education Exchange is an annual journal from the Kettering Foundation that serves as a forum for new ideas and dialogue between scholars and the larger public. Essays explore ways that students, administrators, and faculty can initiate and sustain an ongoing conversation about the public life they share.

The 2001 edition examines “higher education and engagement of public issues .”  Below is an excerpt from the introduction…

As coeditor of this journal, I receive mail from many organizations and individuals who are part of the higher education field. I read higher education journals and publications, I scan conference proceedings and surf the Net, trying to keep up with what’s happening in higher education. Friends and colleagues send me articles and notes,clippings from every imaginable source. These notes announce conferences, workshops, and Web sites. They solicit my attendance at seminars, or submission of papers or visits to Web sites. I try to read it all. Every once in a while a real gem appears in the gargantuan pile of material.

Such a gem, written by Father Theodore Hesburgh, former president of the University of Notre Dame, appeared on the back page of The Chronicle of Higher Education this past February. In the article, Father Hesburgh cites quite a few recent reports and studies that, to his mind, document the changes in the culture of higher education and the way presidents “view their roles as spokespersons on important public issues.” He laments a recent American Council on Education report that finds most Americans “believe institutional needs rather than those of…the wider community drive[the]comments” of presidents. He suggests “the true antidote to the public’s view that colleges are simply ivory towers of intellectual dilettantism is engagement with important public issues—however difficult and thorny these issues may be.” He urges the nation’s college and university presidents — and I believe the same can be said of all those whose work is situated within “the ivory tower”—to be the catalysts for a conversation about the pressing issues of the day.

The authors in this issue of the Higher Education Exchange share Father Hesburgh’s belief that scholars in every discipline and colleges and universities of every stripe can lead the way. 

– Deborah Witte, Editor of the Higher Education Exchange

…along with the contents of the journal…

Contents of the 2001 Edition

Deborah Witte

University Partnerships with Rural Alabama: An Interview with John R.Wheat
John R.Wheat

Cultivating Successors: Guidance from the Field
Nancy L.Thomas

The Civic Mission Question in Land Grant Education
Scott Peters

On the Role of Trustees: An Interview with William C. Hubbard
William C. Hubbard

Public Intellectuals and the Influence of Economics
Peter Levine

Democratizing Science of Expert and Private Knowledge in an Era
William B. Lacy

The Community’s Space: A Story of Gulf Coast Community College
Pamela Whitelock and Lynn Gager

David Mathews

This edition of the journal is currently available as a free download from the Kettering Foundation website.

Resource Link: http://kettering.org/periodicals/hex-2001/

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