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Our Higher CallingRebuilding the Partnership between America and Its Colleges and Universities$
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Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469646862

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646862.001.0001

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Why American Universities Are the Best in the World

Why American Universities Are the Best in the World

(p.9) 1 Why American Universities Are the Best in the World
Our Higher Calling

Holden Thorp

Buck Goldstein

University of North Carolina Press

Using lists of great universities, the locations of Nobel laureates, or the extent to which folks from other countries attend colleges, American universities still stand as the world’s best. This is because the curriculum is anchored in the liberal arts, research is curiosity-driven, social mobility is central to the mission, governance is grounded in faculty autonomy and academic freedom, and the partnership with the federal government is unique and extraordinary.

Keywords:   liberal arts, academic freedom, faculty autonomy

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