The College from Within

The College from Within

The College from Within

The College from Within

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When an officer in the Army has completed his campaigns and ended his service, he is tempted to write an account of war as he saw it and record the conclusions he has drawn from his career. Similarly a government official, when his term is ended, is likely to tell his story and indicate wherein, from his point of view, wise steps were taken or mistakes were made. May not, therefore, the retired professor be forgiven if he either depicts his own career as he sees it in review, as Bliss Perry and John Erskine have done, or at least discusses some of the features of higher education in the United States as he has seen them -- features constituting its strength and its weakness? At any rate here is one university official, or rather a onetime official, who feels impelled to do the latter.

Let me emphasize that these are personal judgments, personal views. While inevitably in the course of his life the author has read articles and books touching on these problems, and above all has discussed them in committee meetings and over the luncheon table at the Faculty Club, it should be reiterated that the conclusions reached are wholly his own and that no attempt whatsoever has been made to read the numerous books and countless articles which treat of the modern college and university. Indeed, if that attempt had been made, I feel sure the book would never have been written, since by no possibility would . . .

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