Research Paper

Trends in American & German Higher Education

Robert McCormick Adams
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This report is the result of a study sponsored by the German American Academic Council (GAAC) with grants to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy. As explained in the introductory chapter, the essays that follow were initially designed to provide an introductory orientation for a more extensive comparative study of German and American systems of higher education and research. Termination of the GAAC in December 2000 has made continuation of this study impossible. However, we believe that the essays in this report are of sufficient value on their own, dealing as they do with critical issues raised by changes that now face both university systems, that they should be made available.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences