Research and Relevant Knowledge: American Research Universities Since World War II (Transaction Series in Higher Education)

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The rise of American research universities to international preeminence constitutes one of the most important episodes in the history of higher education. Research and Relevant Knowledge follows Geiger's earlier volume on American research universities from 1900 to 1940. This second work is the first study to trace this momentous development in the post-World War II period. It describes how the federal government first relied on university scientists during the war, and how the resulting relationship set the pattern for the postwar mushrooming of academic research.

The first half of the book analyzes the development of the postwar system of academic research, exploring the contributions of foundations, defense agencies, and universities. The second half depicts the rise of the "golden age" of academic research in the years after Sputnik (1957) and its eventual dissolution at the end of the 1960s graduate education. When the federal patron soon reduced its largesse, university students took the lead in challenging the putative hegemony of academic research. The loss of consensus quickly brought the malaise of the 1970s--stagnation, frustration, and equivocation about the research role. The final chapter appraises the renaissance of the 1980s, based largely on a rapprochement with the private sector, and ends by evaluating the embattled status of research universities at the beginning of the 1990s.

Research and Relevant Knowledge provides the first authoritative analytical account of American research universities during their most fateful half-century. It will be of critical importance to all those concerned with the future of higher education in the United States.

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Roger L. Geiger is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University and editor of the Perspectives on the History of Higher Education series.



Roger L. Geiger is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University and editor of the Perspectives on the History of Higher Education series.

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"Research and Relevant Knowledge is a splendid achievement. The research is thorough, the material is well organized and clearly presented, the book is packed with valuable information, and the author's judgments are almost invariably solid....Since research universities have become paradigmatic for higher education, this book should be read by every member of the academic profession as well as those who make public policy in the United States."--Academe


"Research and Relevant Knowledge, with its several perspectives, its selected details, and its quite successful comprehensiveness on a subject of great complexity and variety, will be of interest both to those of us who have lived through most of the developments and to our younger colleagues, who will learn from it that their world could have been different."--Science


"This fine study thoroughly chronicles the history of American research universities since World War II. Roger Geiger marshals abundant evidence and moves easily from general statements to key case studies to tell a subtle and complex story....Geiger's frequently illuminating and always scholarly work will be highly useful to anyone who thinks seriously about the past, present, or future of research universities."--Teachers College Record


"...[A] superbly written interpretive history...The best available scholarship on the twentieth-century American research university and must be consulted by all library historians who are engaged in any work encompassing these years."--Libraries and Culture


"Will be a principal reference for many years."--Choice


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