A larger sense of purpose: Higher education and society

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Abstract

Universities were once largely insular institutions whose purview extended no further than the campus gates. Not anymore. Today's universities have evolved into multifaceted organizations with complex connections to government, business, and the community. This thought-provoking book by Harold Shapiro, former president of both Princeton University and the University of Michigan, and Chairman of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission under President Bill Clinton, explores the role the modern university should play as an ethical force and societal steward. Based on the 2003 Clark Kerr lectures, A Larger Sense of Purpose draws from Shapiro's twenty-five years of experience leading major research universities and takes up key topics of debate in higher education. What are the nature and objectives of a liberal education. How should universities address the increasing commercialization not only of intercollegiate sports but of education and research. What are the university's responsibilities for the moral education of students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherPrinceton University Press
ISBN (Print)0691123632, 9780691123639
StatePublished - Feb 9 2009

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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