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Clark KERR's (1982) conception of a multicentred and multifunctional HIGHER EDUCATION institution, containing within it a variety of levels and kinds of provision, e.g. élite and mass, nonvocational and vocational, etc. Kerr envisaged such institutions replacing the more unified traditional UNIVERSITY.
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As an unwritten agreement between multiversities and the government (and the public), this contract stipulates multiversities' contribution to the social and economic development of the country.
Today's multiversities, Fallis maintains, operate "in the pincers," struggling to meet the growing demand for higher education in the conditions of decreasing state funding.
It increases international competition and solidifies existing hierarchies, leaving the wealthiest multiversities at the top and stifling less prosperous institutions.
Multiversities educate citizens, create knowledge for society, contribute to the public good, and serve as places to explore and critique ideas.
In Multiversities, Ideas, and Democracy George Fallis argues for the importance to a cosmopolitan democratic life of cultural ideas and the university.
Multiversities are, according to Kerr, large autonomous conglomerates which produce scientific and intellectual knowledge.
His focus is on Anglo-American multiversities, as they share many traditions and are situated in similar liberal democratic societies.
For all his claims about the importance of liberal arts to democracy, Fallis's calls for reform amount to recommending the establishment at all multiversities (apparently ordinary universities are irrelevant here, for reasons that are not entirely clear) of a sensibly designed liberal arts elective minor, which would include a course on the history of universities.
Multiversities, Ideas and Democracy begins with some masterful examinations of big issues such as the history of universities and of the macro-forces affecting education, and ends in a damp squib about course electives.
He is able to view the rising federal grant multiversities both as "pathological" and rudely neglectful of the educational needs of eager young minds and as a brilliant and critically vital new addition to America's s intellectual landscape.