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ERIC Number: ED142121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 42
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The American University and its Institutional Environment: Autonomy and Constraint.
Harper, Charles L.
An overview is given of the historical origins and current situation of the American university as an institutional type. The basic frame of reference is a macrosociological one, rather than narrative social history. The major thesis developed is that the nature and problems of the contemporary university can best be understood by examining its shifting relations with its broader social and institutional environment. The large number of works that emerged in the late 1960's and early 1970's about problems in higher educational systems have largely treated those problems from an internal perspective, that is, in relation to inner logic, goals, and developments within the university system. By contrast this study takes an explicitly interinstitutional focus, tracing the historical development and contemporary situation of the American university to the vagaries of its interaction with external agencies and institutions. A brief annotated bibliography is included. (Author/MSE)
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