Who's in Charge of America's Research Universities: A by Thomas J. Tighe

By Thomas J. Tighe

Is going to the guts of the demanding situations dealing with the nation's learn universities.

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They are related and continuous manifestations of the inborn human need to know and the fulfillment to be found in knowing. At the core, neither form of learning is directed toward immediate practical ends and both are essentially curiosity driven. But the broad body of general knowledge that is continuously established through university research has an important adaptive value for society much like the adaptive value of the knowledge inventory acquired by the infant. It provides a base of reliable information and conceptualization for the problemsolving and creative activities of society in all areas of endeavor.

Enrollments of 20,000 to 50,000 increasingly diverse students are not uncommon among major universities today, a far cry from the relatively homogeneous student bodies of several thousand that typified the leading institutions of the ’40s and ’50s. In consequence, presidents today must pay more attention to such matters as physical plant and facilities planning; multicampus and multisite operations; residential, health, recreational, and other specialized student support services; admissions; public relations; the “university image,” computer support technologies; international and multicultural programs; legal counsel and services; and police and security, to say nothing of parking and transportation.

4) A vice president for university advancement, responsible for media and public relations, alumni affairs, fund-raising programs, and endowment management. (5) In universities with a medical school, the vice president for health affairs, responsible for the medical school and related clinical programs as well as allied colleges such as dentistry, nursing, and public health. (6) The director of government relations who represents the university’s interest to local, state, and federal government offices.

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