Creating a University of Distinction
John Henry Newman’s The Idea of the University (1873) holds that the sole reason for universities is to create knowledge. He envisioned a community of scholars—faculty members as well as their students—whose efforts were to make a mark on the sum total of human knowledge and by that means make the world a better place. There are many who now find Newman’s ideas passé, particularly so as we now see the university as an important tool of social engineering.
Moran, Seán Farrell, "Creating a University of Distinction" Oakland Journal 19 (2010) 171-176
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