My Google alert picked up an interesting piece from the Chronicle of Higher Education: The Rise of the Global University: 5 New Tensions by Simon Marginson. From the piece:
The “multiversity”—the university with multiple constituencies and demands that Clark Kerr, the former president of the University of California identified in the 1960s—has given way to the Global Research University, or GRU. The Global Research University is the multiversity with much more mobility, more cross-national research and learning, and more global systems and rankings.
Indeed, in almost every country, research universities are among the most globally connected of all sectors. Knowledge, the free currency of higher education, flows anywhere and everywhere, like quicksilver on a metal table. At the same time, global connections; global comparisons and rankings; and global flows of people, ideas, knowledge, and capital are transforming higher education.
In that transformation, three trends have come together:
I’ll let you read the rest and will also let you know that I was just reviewing Clark Herr’s works this morning in a meeting discussing my field statement. Its is a fascinating book and worth reading for all interested in the development and role of the University in society.