THIS volume is an expansion of three lectures on Universities given at Oxford in May 1928 on the invitation of the Rhodes Trust. The invitation stipulates that the lecturer reside at Oxford during the entire term in which the lectures are given -- a provision that may be unreservedly commended, first, because the lecturer is thus enabled to feel something of Oxford's charm, secondly, because quite unconsciously he gains rather more than he is likely to impart. This is true of one Rhodes lecturer, at least.
From the autumn of 1928 to the summer of 1929, I visited the universities of Germany and England for the purpose of obtaining a fresh view of their situation, problems, and efforts. The whole of the next year, 1929-1930, was devoted to gathering additional data and to rewriting. In May 1930 the Oxford University Press printed and bound the original proof sheets in page form, and I was thus enabled to submit the text to about thirty men, professors and administrators in America and Europe, who read it with care and commented on it freely and helpfully. During the summer of 1930 I revised the book. I state these facts in order that the reader may know that, though the ultimate responsibility is wholly mine, I have spared no effort to obtain the facts and to submit my views in advance to competent criticism. I am quite sure that the result will completely satisfy no one: but I shall have achieved my purpose if I have opened for dis-