Books by CSHE Scholars

The Dream is Over: The Crisis of Clark Kerr’s California Idea of Higher Education

Simon Marginson
2016

Co-published by CSHE and UC Press, The Dream is Over begins with the story of the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California, created by visionary University of California President Clark Kerr and his contemporaries, and artfully expanded on earlier pioneering efforts of Californians to build the first coherent mass system of higher education. The Master Plan’s promise of equality expanded educational opportunity, while helping to bolster the University of California as the world’s leading network of public research universities.

Dynamics of the Contemporary University: Growth, Accretion, and Conflict

Neil J. Smelser
2013
This book is an expanded version of the Clark Kerr Lectures of 2012, delivered by Neil Smelser at the University of California at Berkeley in January and February of that year. The initial exposition is of a theory of change—labeled structural accretion—that has characterized the history of American higher education, mainly (but not exclusively) of universities. The essence of the theory is that institutions of higher education progressively add functions, structures, and constituencies as they grow, but seldom shed them, yielding increasingly complex structures.

Usable Social Science

Neil J. Smelser
2012

This volume is a one-of-a-kind contribution to applied social science and the product of a long collaboration between an established, interdisciplinary sociologist and a successful banking executive. Together, Neil Smelser and John Reed use a straightforward approach to presenting substantive social science knowledge and indicate its relevance and applicability to decision-making, problem-solving and policy-making.

Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California, 1995-2003

Patricia A. Pelfrey
2012

Richard C. Atkinson was named president of the University of California in August 1995, barely four weeks after the UC Regents voted to end affirmative action. How he dealt with the admissions wars—the political, legal, and academic consequences of that historic and controversial decision, as well as the issue of governance—is discussed in this book. Another focus is the entrepreneurial university—the expansion of the University’s research enterprise into new forms of scientific research with industry during Atkinson’s presidency.

Clark Kerr's World of Higher Education Reaches the 21st Century: Chapters in a Special History

Sheldon Rothblatt
2012

This book on President Clark Kerr of UC which consists of contributions (besides Rothblatt's) from Vartan Gregorian, David Gardner, David Breneman, Paul Lingenfelter, Arthur Levine, Patrick Callan, Thorsten Nybom, Michael Shattock, David Palfreyman, Ted Tapper and Guy Neave.  Besides providing portraits of Kerr, arguably America's best-known higher education leader and public policy analyst in the last 50 years of the twentieth century, the contributors discuss the character (and fate) of the California Master Plan for Higher Education and its influence (or limited influence), Kerr's