The Days of a Man: Being Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher, and Minor Prophet of Democracy - Vol. 2

The Days of a Man: Being Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher, and Minor Prophet of Democracy - Vol. 2

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The Days of a Man: Being Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher, and Minor Prophet of Democracy - Vol. 2

The Days of a Man: Being Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher, and Minor Prophet of Democracy - Vol. 2

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With the beginning of 1900 there was inaugurated an important movement for coöperation in higher education. This began at the University of Chicago in a conference called by the University of California at the instance of Dr. Armin O. Leuschner, professor of Astronomy, and made up of representatives of American institutions providing for research. Its occasion was the receipt from the authorities of the University of Berlin of a request for data to enable them to reach a just valuation of American degrees, the standards in this regard among our 575 colleges being very unequal.

Finding ourselves in agreement as to the delicacy and difficulty of the proposed task, we abandoned it and went on to discuss various other matters of common interest with profit and enjoyment. I accordingly ventured to move that the institutions there represented form a permanent organization open to all others making provision for graduate research. My resolution being favorably received, I was made chairman of a committee of three -- Dr. William Rainey Harper of the University of Chicago, Dr. Conaty of the Catholic University, and myself -- to prepare a constitution for "The Association of American Universities." Sitting next to Harper at a banquet in our honor, I then drew up the necessary . . .

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