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Building a Research University

Glenn C. Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick

in Cornell

Published by Cornell University Press

Published in print July 2014 | ISBN: 9780801444258
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780801471896
Building a Research University

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This chapter discusses Cornell University's transformation into a research university after World War II. It examines the role played by two Cornell presidents, Edmund Ezra Day and Deane Waldo Malott, in Cornell's emergence as a university that privileged research over teaching. Day, president of Cornell from 1937 to 1949, brought to Cornell a deep commitment to linking academic excellence to public service and pressed the need for heightened social consciousness throughout the university. Malott, president of Cornell from 1951 to 1963, had to deal with two principal issues during his tenure: navigating Cold War passions on campus and responding to the new undergraduate culture, with students' demands for greater control over their private lives. The chapter also considers the establishment of a research library at Cornell, along with various colleges such as the School of Business and Public Administration. Finally, it assesses Cornell's relationship to New York State and some of the administrative changes at the university in the postwar period.

Keywords: research university; Cornell University; Edmund Ezra Day; Deane Waldo Malott; research; Cold War; research library; colleges; School of Business and Public Administration; New York State

Chapter.  19775 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Higher and Further Education

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