ERIC Number: EJ907853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Yale University Press: Disseminating "Lux et Veritas"?
Parrott, John B.
Academic Questions, v23 n3 p327-338 Sep 2010
America's university presses are situated within a network of over one hundred universities, learned societies, and scholarly associations. According to a pamphlet put out by the American Association of University Presses, these presses "make available to the broader public the full range and value of research generated by university faculty." "University presses are based at a wide array of educational institutions," the essay goes on, "and thus promote a diversity of scholarly perspectives." Requiring large subsidies to stay in operation, most presses are in business for scholarly, rather than financial, reasons. While some exist to enhance the prestige of their university, most presses view the dissemination of knowledge as their "raison d'etre". In large measure because of their charter to generate and disseminate knowledge, the federal government grants university presses not-for-profit status. This paper surveys the works of the prestigious Yale University Press and concludes that it is more concerned with purveying the progressive, left-wing opinions of its authors, and less with demanding fealty to facts and scholarly standards--a policy scarcely in keeping with the principles of the press's idealistic founding. (Contains 13 footnotes.)
Descriptors: University Presses, Institutional Mission, Ideology, Operations Research, Administrative Principles, Organizational Climate, Politics of Education, Faculty Publishing, Publications, Knowledge Management, Printing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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