What a University President Has Learned

What a University President Has Learned

What a University President Has Learned

What a University President Has Learned

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This little book, though not separable into two parts, has grown from two foci—how the administrator of a university can do his work effectively, and some of the questions that work presents. These two subjects cannot be treated quite independently, for they run into one another, and the writer is well aware that he has hardly attempted to weld them into a coherent whole.

The first of them, that of administration with its lessons, applies by no means exclusively to educational institutions, but a study of it in relation to them has, perhaps, the advantage that a university presents most of the questions arising in business concerns besides those peculiar to itself. For the purpose of discussing them one must understand the material with which the academic administrator works—the university, the college, their origin, nature and method of operation.

The other subject is, in effect, the working out of two theories, one, that there is a difference between developing the power of the mind and stocking it with information ( two objects that must go on together although not identical in aim or means); the other, that intellectual growth is essentially a process of self-education under guidance. If this last is accepted as at least in part true it follows that the desire for such self-education is fundamental, and any means of provoking it work considering.

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