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Comments on “The Troubled Future of College and Universities”

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 January 2013

Virginia Sapiro*
Boston University


I share Gary King and Maya Sen's view that applying the knowledge, approaches, and tools of the social and policy sciences might help us be more intelligent about shaping the future of the American system of higher education and its component parts. I have even been surprised, in turning from the scholarly field of my training and academic field to a professional preoccupation with higher education, to search in vain for sessions at APSA meetings in which my fellow political scientists might focus their analytical eyes on our own sector and institutions. Taking more systematic analytical approaches might certainly be a good alternative to riding the most recent serious source of anxiety—and there have been many in recent decades—or mining a particular strand of data in search of indicators that might serve as tea leaves or life rafts, also known in the trade as “benchmarks.”

The Profession Symposium: A Symposium on “The Troubled Future of Colleges and Universities”
Copyright © American Political Science Association 2013

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