Keynote speaker and Boston University Trustee Jonathan Cole discussed his recent book, The Great [...]American University, during a meeting of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
A John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and provost emeritus at Columbia University, Cole cataloged modern society’s debt to American university research, including MRIs, lasers, fetal monitoring, the GPS, the algorithm for Google searches, and Viagra. But, he warns, American universities could be in trouble. He worries that recession-induced shrinkage of government funding, as well as a staggering chasm between the richest schools and the rest, makes recruiting top research faculty daunting for all but the wealthiest. Other nations’ universities catching up to ours would not be bad, he says, but letting our own wither would be terrible.
Hosted by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences at the School of Management on September 23, 2010.