The Great American University
Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected
By Jonathan R. Cole
(PublicAffairs, Hardcover, 9781586484088, 640pp.)
Publication Date: January 2010
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The former provost of Columbia University explores the vital role of America’s research universities as engines of technological and economic growthand illuminates the urgent need to protect them
Jonathan R. Cole is widely known throughout the United States for his fourteen years (1989-2003) as Columbia’s provost and dean of faculties, holding the position as the university’s chief academic officer for the second-longest tenure in its 254-year history. He is currently the John Mitchell Mason Professor at Columbia University.