ERIC Number: EJ775936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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Building Academic Distinction in a Twenty-First-Century Research University
Ashley, David B.
New Directions for Higher Education, n139 p41-48 Fall 2007
The reputation of UC Merced as a student centered research university rested on administration's success in attracting top-flight faculty. This chapter describes how this process started, through choosing the deans, then recruiting the faculty. As faculty arrived, the academic picture came into focus. Not surprisingly, the initial ideas about which fields would be at the forefront changed as faculty and their ideas about how to get the campus going overshadowed the abstract earlier plans. Some embraced the ambiguities inherent in moving from well-established institutions to one in which infrastructure needed to be created. There were both disappointments and successes as these pioneers tried to realize the interdisciplinary ideals that would meet the educational needs of this century.
Descriptors: Research Universities, State Universities, Faculty Recruitment, Deans, Personnel Selection, College Administration, College Faculty, Interdisciplinary Approach, Faculty College Relationship, Personnel Needs, Departments
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: California