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Glenn C. Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801444258

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801444258.001.0001

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Building a Research University

Building a Research University

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(p.3) 1 Building a Research University
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Cornell
Author(s):

Glenn C. Altschuler

Isaac Kramnick

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801444258.003.0001

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

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