DONALD J. COWLING, PH.D., LL.D. President of Carleton College
Coöperation is a popular word. Its spirit is gradually finding its way into the field of higher education where in the past there has been a conspicuous lack of mutual understanding, sympathy, and coöperative effort.
Educational institutions have regarded each other as competitors, and suspicion and jealousy, and sometimes fear, have too much prevailed. This has been true even of institutions of the same type, trying to do the same work.
I cannot see very much difference between colleges and universities in this respect. The scrambling of a dozen colleges in a given territory for students, presenting their claims as competitors to high school graduates, is not essentially different in spirit from the policy of three great universities, which I happen to think of, not very far apart, each building up a graduate department in a certain very narrow field, when the faculty and equipment of one would amply provide for the students of all three.
This lack of coöperation is still more evident when one compares institutions of different types, where different ideals and methods and spirit prevail.
It is frequently said that America has no system of education. Whether one agrees with that statement or not, it certainly comes more nearly being true in the field of higher education than in any other department of our educational activity. There is much to be desired in the