1st Edition

Re-Envisioning the Public Research University Navigating Competing Demands in an Era of Rapid Change

    232 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume explores the numerous and competing demands that face America’s public research universities and considers how institutions and their leaders can best navigate this challenge to ensure longevity, relevance, and success on the local, national, and global stage.

    Today’s public research universities have the unique challenge of responding to new societal pressures and policies, while remaining true to their core educational missions and values. Highlighting the multiple roles that universities must now fulfil – as institutions of higher learning, as research bodies, as institutions with global reputations, and as organizations that serve the public – the volume asks how they can best evolve in the rapidly changing education landscape. Tackling subjects such as faculty culture, the role of technology, financial sustainability, institutional identity, diversity, and organizational development, chapters identify innovative and transformative mechanisms for acclimatizing the public research university to current educational, academic, and societal needs.

    This text will benefit researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in higher education, educational reform and policy, and the sociology of education more broadly.

    1: The Multiversity Revisited: The Quest for Institutional Identity in an Era of Rapid Change
    Andrew Furco and Kateryna Kent

    2: Addressing the Gathering Storm of External Forces
    Erin Konkle, Jayne K. Sommers, Robert H. Bruininks, and Jim Thorp

    3: The Nature of Innovation and Change at Public Research Universities
    Erin Konkle, Jayne K. Sommers, Nichole Sorenson, and David J. Weerts

    4: The Impact of Technology: Cause and Consequence
    Ann Hill Duin, Bruce Maas, and Bradley Wheeler

    5: Public Research Universities as Engines for Economic Development and Innovation
    Hiram Fitzgerald, Laurie Van Egeren, and Burton Bargerstock

    6: The Iron Triangle Revisited: Re-Envisioning Public Research University Financing
    David J. Weerts and Nichole Sorenson

    7: Knowledge Without Boundaries Revisited: Beyond the Walls of Academia: The Role of Engagement
    Mary L. Walshok, Lorilee R. Sandmann, and John Saltmarsh

    8: Interdisciplinarity and the American Public Research University
    Karri Holley and Karen Brown

    9: Public Research Universities in the Metro Nation
    Nancy L. Zimpher, Wim Wiewel, and Robert J. Jones

    10: Diversity: An Investment in Democracy and Academic Excellence
    Heidi Lasley Barajas and Caryn McTighe Musil

    11: Competition and Ranking: A Comparative and International Perspective
    John V. Lombardi and Diane D. Craig

    12: Epilogue: Creating a New Kind of Public Research University
    Kateryna Kent and Andrew Furco


    Andrew Furco is Associate Vice President for Public Engagement and Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Organizational Leadership Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota, USA.

    Robert H. Bruininks is President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of the University of Minnesota, USA.

    Robert J. Jones is Chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

    Kateryna Kent is Assistant Director of Public Engagement Research and Assessment in the Office for Public Engagement at the University of Minnesota, USA.