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The Instrumental University: Education in Service of the National Agenda after World War II

Ethan Schrum


This book argues that Clark Kerr, Gaylord P. Harnwell, and other post-World War II academic leaders set the American research university on a new course by creating the instrumental university. With its emphasis on procedural rationality, organized research, and project-based funding by external patrons, the instrumental university would provide technical and managerial knowledge to shape the social order. Its leaders hoped that by solving the nation’s pressing social problems, the research university would become the essential institution of postwar America. On this view, the university’s lea ... More

Keywords: university, Clark Kerr, research, social sciences, knowledge economy, economic development, Gaylord P Harnwell, behavioral science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501736643
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501736643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ethan Schrum, author
Azusa Pacific University