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The American version of the collection was, as we will see, put together in the process of constructing the academic profession in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection served, and continues to serve, as the principal way of modeling the practices and the ethic of the American university professoriate and explaining how the academic profession embodies values of the greatest importance, values that transcend those that involve mere material features of human life.

Public universities are undoubtedly going to have to make changes. If they do not make changes deliberately, changes will happen anyway, although probably not in a manner that would benefit either them or the public that supports them. But why must the current financial problems of public higher education have such extensive consequences? Why can’t the universities make a strong case for holding the line with appropriations for the time being and increasing them at least in proportion to costs later, when economic conditions are better?

27 doing so largely because their leaders had been convinced that research universities promote economic growth. With a few exceptions, the states that have been and still are the leaders in public higher education, both in creating research universities and in developing systems that educate large numbers of students, fall well below the mean percentage increase. They were not, on the whole, experiencing any effective recovery before the 2008 crash. Most were not even keeping up with inflation.

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