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The Crisis of the University

ISBN 9781138332133
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1984, The Crisis of the University looks at the way in which changes to intellectual life relate to the development of the different institutions that make up higher education. It examines the evolution of the liberal university that flourished in the 19th and early 20th centuries into the modern university that has grown up since 1945. It also looks at the more detailed experience of British higher education, with separate chapters on what the Robbins expansion meant for the universities and why it was thought necessary to construct an alternative in the shape of the polytechnics. Looking to the future, the book argues first that the present structure of British higher education needs reform and speculates on the future intellectual and social demands that may be made of higher education.

Table of Contents


1. Goodbye to Robbins

2. The Liberal University

3. The Modern University

4. The University in Crisis?

5. The Robbins Achievement

6. The Polytechnic Alternative

7. A Post-Binary Future

8. Future Issues

9. The Repeat of Modern Society?


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Sir Peter Markham Scott, CH, CBE, DSC & Bar, FRS, FZS (14 September 1909 – 29 August 1989) was a British ornithologist, conservationist, painter, naval officer, broadcaster and sportsman. Scott was knighted in 1973 for his contribution to the conservation of wild animals.