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March 28th 2016:Toward a More Perfect University: An Interview With Jonathan R. Cole

The United States enjoys a higher education system that is the envy of the world, and at the same time that higher education system is facing scrutiny and pointed criticism in ever increasing and strident ways. In this episode, host Dave Goldberg interviews Jonathan R. Cole, author of the new book, "Toward a More Perfect University" to better understand the flow of history and societal forces that have led to the current predicament. Professor Cole is a faculty member at Columbia University where he served as both Vice President of Arts and Sciences and Provost. Author of an earlier book, "T

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Jonathan R Cole

Jonathan R. Cole is John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University at Columbia University. From 1987 to 1989 he was Vice President of Arts and Sciences, and 1989 to 2003, he was Provost and Dean of Faculties at Columbia. For many years, his scholarly work and publications focused on development of the sociology of science as a research specialty. In recent years he addressed issues in higher education, particularly problems facing American research universities. His most recent book, Toward A More Perfect University (PublicAffairs, 2016) follows his earlier publication The Great American University (Public Affairs, 2011), which has been translated into Chinese and Arabic. He recently co-e
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