Education: Clark Kerr's Valedictory

Excellence vs. survival

When a railroad worker retires, the company traditionally gives him a gold watch. When Educational Statesman Clark Kerr retires later this month at 68, his nonprofit firm, the 15-member Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education, will mark the occasion in its own special style, by issuing a 155-page report on a weighty and favorite theme: the equivocal prospects of U.S. higher education.

Entitled "Three Thousand Futures —the Next Twenty Years in Higher Education," the report warns that U.S. colleges are entering an era of "consumer sovereignty." Laws of the...

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