The Fifth Wave
America's research universities lead the world in discovery, creativity, and innovation — but are captive to a set of design constraints that no longer aligns with the changing needs of society. Their commitment to discovery and innovation, carried out largely in isolation from the socioeconomic challenges faced by most Americans, threatens to impede the capacity of these institutions to contribute decisively and consistently to the collective good. The global preeminence of our leading institutions, moreover, does not correlate with overall excellence in American higher education. Sadly, admissions practices that flatly exclude the majority of academically qualified applicants are now the norm in leading universities, both public and private.
In "The Fifth Wave," Michael Crow and William Dabars argue that colleges and universities need to be comprehensively redesigned in order to educate millions more qualified students while leveraging the complementarities between discovery and accessibility. This book examines the historical development of American higher education — the first four waves — and describes the emerging standard of institutions that will transform the field. What must emerge in this Fifth Wave of universities, Crow and Dabars posit, are institutions that are responsive to the needs of students, focused on access, embedded in their regions and committed to solving global problems.
Drawing from a variety of disciplines, including design, economics, public policy, organizational theory, science and technology, sociology, and even cognitive psychology and epistemology, "The Fifth Wave" is a must-read for anyone concerned with the future of higher education in our society.
Praise for this book
"Michael M. Crow is one of a handful of the most creative and able presidents of any American university. I consider any new book that he produces to be an important event. 'The Fifth Wave' should be read by academic, business and governmental leaders, especially those who have a stake in the continued preeminence of the great research universities ― and their future structures ― in the United States."
"In a perfect world, we would clone Michael Crow, so every university would have the same advantage as Arizona State University. Until that happens, 'The Fifth Wave' is our next best option."