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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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Into the Twenty-First Century

Into the Twenty-First Century

(p.355) 10 Into the Twenty-First Century

Glenn C. Altschuler

Isaac Kramnick

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines changes at Cornell University as it headed toward the twenty-first century. At the end of the twentieth century, academics and administrators engaged in a serious and substantive reassessment of the nature, practice, and organization of research in universities. Multidisciplinary work occupied a central place in areas of inquiry with significant societal implications, such as the environment, energy, and health care. This chapter considers the various initiatives, including those involving research, introduced at Cornell by presidents Hunter Ripley Rawlings III, Jeffrey S. Lehman, and David J. Skorton. It also discusses the impact of the Great Recession of the 1930s on Cornell and how the university responded to the crisis, citing projects such as those related to construction on the Ithaca campus.

Keywords:   research, Cornell University, Hunter Ripley Rawlings III, Jeffrey S. Lehman, David J. Skorton, Great Recession, construction

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