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ERIC Number: EJ852943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-5627
Hutchins's University of Utopia: Institutional Independence, Academic Freedom, and Radical Restructuring
Hoff, Peter Sloat
Innovative Higher Education, v34 n4 p203-217 Oct 2009
In a crisis-plagued world looking to higher education for knowledge, wisdom, and solutions, higher education itself is stumbling. Its transformational thinking has frozen up like an overstressed computer program; and we need, in effect, to "push the reset button." In 1953, the renowned and controversial president of the University of Chicago, Robert M. Hutchins, authored a refreshing and provocative work, "The University of Utopia," containing ideas that still challenge today's paradigms. He argued for institutional independence over "accountability," "outcomes," and "stakeholders." He indicted educational evils he called "industrialization," "specialization," "philosophical diversity," and "social and political conformity" and suggested ways to defeat them. Although his 56-year-old thoughts on reconceptualizing the multiversity are not a panacea, they could help higher education make a fresh start. This essay reintroduces the modern reader to Hutchins's iconoclastic and stimulating ideas in the hope of restarting the stalled agenda for educational reform.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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