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Heinz-Dieter Meyer
SUNY Research Foundation, Albany (Albany, NY 12222-0001)

From Goettingen to Boston and Back: The German Influence on American Universities

As Americans confronted the need to take the country's higher education from a pre-colonial system of sprawling, sectarian colleges to the modern research university, they faced numerous questions of how to design that new institution. In answering those questions the thousands of elite young Americans who returned from studies at the German university played a key role. By analyzing the departures of American academic institutions from the German model from the perspective of historical and cultural new institutionalism, the book affords a view into the black box of how crucial innovations in the institutional structure of the American university emerged. It affords lessons on today's far flung efforts to build 'world class' institutions in higher education.

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Project fields:
History, Other; Sociology

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 8/31/2014