ERIC Number: ED350966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan-17
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Recreating the Research University: Cutting the Gordian Knot.
Carothers, Robert L.
This paper consists of a speech delivered on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the University of Rhode Island (URI) that proposes a new structure for the future of that institution. The paper opens by describing the questions and discussion raised in the past year by the onset of the anniversary. Also touched on is the early history of the university, a reflection on the changing nature of global relations and national economic forces, and the increased importance of knowledge of the economic picture, which suggests changes in the structure and role of universities. In the course of a discussion of the importance of educational quality the Total Quality Management approach to institutional organization is proposed as a desirable model and the current movement at URI to adopt this program and to establish an "Academy for Quality" that will research and teach the various elements of quality management to and for the university community is described. A consideration of the conflict between the needs of research institutions and lack of funding culminates in a proposal to solve the conflict between research and lack of funding by reorganizing the institution into eight faculty and student research centers conceptualized broadly as teams with a mission and implementing many of the most effective practices for student learning. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: University of Rhode Island