Education: The Merchant Scholars

The American university has become so involved in industrial and Government research that it has lost sight of its basic goal: teaching students. This is the conclusion reached by two provocative new books on higher learning by authors with widely divergent views and backgrounds. In The American University Columbia University's former provost, Jacques Barzun, charges that "a big corporation has replaced the once self-centered company of scholars and has thereby put itself at the mercy of many publics." New Republic Contributing Editor James Ridgeway, in The Closed Corporation, puts the case more brusquely:...

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