CGHE Webinar 48

Academic innovationism in US research universities: accretion and/or transformation?

Date: Thursday, 20 April 2017 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Room 804, UCL Institute of Education
Speaker(s):
  • Steven Brint, University of California

Professor Steven Brint will discuss the origins, mechanisms, and consequences of a new approach to organising higher education research institutions, which he will call ‘academic innovationism’.

He will compare the structural characteristics of this new system to those of the long-dominant system, which he will call ‘academic professionalism’. He will examine the new system’s current scope and achievements in US universities (with particular attention to the exemplary case of Arizona State University), and the extent to which it may herald a transformation in the primary purposes and organisation of research universities.

Professor Brint will also discuss the challenges the new system faces due to the uneven record of interdisciplinary organisation and the short time horizons of industry and state funders.

The discussion will include new analyses of the research output of the top 200 research universities in the US, the role of university researchers in 50 major inventions since the atomic age, and the variation in success of the top 40 universities in generating industrial clusters in their surrounding regions.

The seminar will provide reasons to expect the continued rapid growth of academic innovationism, growth that will be only weakly circumscribed by the dominant system.

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