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Bok, Derek Curtis

Works: 204 works in 558 publications in 8 languages and 19,844 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  History  Biography  Television news programs  Abstracts  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Contributor, Author of introduction
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Our underachieving colleges : a candid look at how much students learn and why they should be learning more by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

23 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on a large body of empirical evidence, former Harvard President Derek Bok examines how much progress college students actually make toward widely accepted goals of undergraduate education. His conclusions are sobering. Although most students make gains in many important respects, they improve much less than they should in such important areas as writing, critical thinking, quantitative skills, and moral reasoning. Large majorities of college seniors do not feel that they have made substantial progress in speaking a foreign language, acquiring cultural and aesthetic interests, or learning what they need to know to become active and informed citizens. Overall, despite their vastly increased resources, more powerful technology, and hundreds of new courses, colleges cannot be confident that students are learning more than they did fifty years ago. Looking further, Bok finds that many important college courses are left to the least experienced teachers and that most professors continue to teach in ways that have proven to be less effective than other available methods. In reviewing their educational programs, however, faculties typically ignore this evidence. Instead, they spend most of their time discussing what courses to require, although the lasting impact of college will almost certainly depend much more on how the courses are taught. In his final chapter, Bok describes the changes that faculties and academic leaders can make to help students accomplish more. Without ignoring the contributions that America's colleges have made, Bok delivers a powerful critique--one that educators will ignore at their peril
The shape of the river : long-term consequences of considering race in college and university admissions by William G Bowen( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 1,646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Across the country, in courts, classrooms, and the media, Americans are deeply divided over the use of race in admitting students to universities. Yet until now the debate over race and admissions has consisted mainly of clashing opinions, uninformed by hard evidence. This work, written by two of the country's most respected academic leaders, intends to change that. It brings a wealth of empirical evidence to bear on how race-sensitive admissions policies actually work and what effects they have on students of different races
Universities in the marketplace : the commercialization of higher education by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

40 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 1,509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is everything in a university for sale if the price is right? In this book, one of America's leading educators cautions that the answer is all too often "yes." Taking the first comprehensive look at the growing commercialization of our academic institutions, Derek Bok probes the efforts on campus to profit financially not only from athletics but increasingly, from education and research as well. He shows how such ventures are undermining core academic values and what universities can do to limit the damage. Commercialization has many causes, but it could never have grown to its present state had it not been for the recent, rapid growth of money-making opportunities in a more technologically complex, knowledge-based economy. A brave new world has now emerged in which university presidents, enterprising professors, and even administrative staff can all find seductive opportunities to turn specialized knowledge into profit. Bok argues that universities, faced with these temptations, are jeopardizing their fundamental mission in their eagerness to make money by agreeing to more and more compromises with basic academic values. He discusses the dangers posed by increased secrecy in corporate-funded research, for-profit Internet companies funded by venture capitalists, industry-subsidized educational programs for physicians, conflicts of interest in research on human subjects, and other questionable activities. While entrepreneurial universities may occasionally succeed in the short term, reasons Bok, only those institutions that vigorously uphold academic values, even at the cost of a few lucrative ventures, will win public trust and retain the respect of faculty and students. Candid, evenhanded, and eminently readable, Universities in the Marketplace will be widely debated by all those concerned with the future of higher education in America and beyond
The cost of talent : how executives and professionals are paid and how it affects America by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

15 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The continuing uproar over top executive pay packages in American companies calls attention to an even larger and more important issue: in general, do we compensate highly educated people in the United States in ways that serve the best interests of the nation? Are some people paid too much and others too little? What effect do differences in earnings have on the career choices of the talented? Do we pay executives and professionals in ways that motivate them to work hard at the right things?" "In the most revealing study yet undertaken of compensation practices in the fields of business, law, medicine, higher education, teaching, and government, Derek Bok, renowned for his extensive writings on professional ethics, law, and labor relations, argues persuasively that the compensation paid to top executives, lawyers, and doctors cannot be justified, nor is there evidence that huge bonuses and other financial incentives motivate them to do better work. Moreover, Bok asserts, the lucrative rewards of Wall Street, the elite law firms, and the medical specialties act as a magnet to deprive poorly paid but vitally important teaching and public service professions of desperately needed talent." "Bok argues that as our economy becomes more complex, the demand for able, highly educated people increases constantly and takes on greater and greater importance. Losing our most talented individuals to the lure of high compensation will affect the very nature of health care, the progress of the economy, the effectiveness of public policy, the pursuit of justice, and the quality of education in America." "President Clinton's tax proposals to curb excessive executive pay now before Congress are only a first step toward reform. Bok concludes that as we enter a new period of national development, we must rethink our deepest values, motivations, and priorities - reflected in our compensation practices - in order to better serve America's long-term interests."--Jacket
Beyond the ivory tower : social responsibilities of the modern university by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

23 editions published between 1982 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The university's many social and ethical responsibilities are examined in this book by the president of Harvard University. After a discussion of the traditional values of academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and political neutrality, ways that the university's desire for autonomy can be reconciled with the legitimate demands of state and society are suggested. Proposals are offered for using the university's academic resources to address the specific problems of racial inequality, the decline of ethical standards, the need for technological innovation, the risks of scientific research, and the desire for economic development in the Third World. Sugggestions that the university attack social injustice through such nonacademic means as voting stock, boycotting companies, and taking formal stands on controversial issues are assessed. The ramifications of each side of these issues are considered, and solutions are suggested that allow the university to serve society while continuing its primary mission of teaching and research. The book is divided into three main sections: Basic Academic Values; Academic Responses to Social Problems; and Addressing Social Problems by Nonacademic Means. (Lb)
Higher learning by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

19 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in 4 languages and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Factors that distinguish the United States higher education system and its performance are considered, with attention to new developments, propsects for change, undergraduate education, and professional schools (especially law, business, and medicine). The way universities change the methods and content of their teaching in response to new opportunities and needs in the outside world is explored. Some important changes taking place in higher education are discussed: the increasing use of advanced technology in teaching, the effort to develop better ways of preparing students for public service, and the growing interest in midcareer education for practitioners in many different professions. It is suggested that the competition characteristics of U.S. higher education (competition for the best students, the most advanced scholarship, the most successful scientific research, the best facilities) have helped to produce venturesome, adaptable, and varied universities. In addition to the traditional focus on program and curriculum, greater attention to improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning is emphasized. The debate over the liberal arts curriculum at the undergraduate level is considered. (Sw)
Labor and the American community by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

12 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The politics of happiness : what government can learn from the new research on well-being by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the principal findings of happiness researchers, assesses the strengths and weaknesses of such research, and looks at how governments could use results when formulating policies to improve the lives of citizens
The trouble with government by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The state of the nation : government and the quest for a better society by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

20 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In virtually all important areas of American life, Bok concludes, government policies have played a significant, often decisive role in accounting for our successes as well as our failures. But whereas others call for downsizing the federal government, Bok argues that government is essential to achieving America's goals. In short, Ronald Reagan was only half right: government is the problem - but it is also the most important part of the solution. By assessing the state of the nation and identifying the reasons for its current condition, this book helps set the agenda for improving America's performance in the future
Universities and the future of America by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This expansion of the Sanford Lectures, delivered at Duke University (North Carolina) on March 23 and 24, 1988, discusses the issue of whether universities are doing enough to meet the many challenges that affect the United States' ability to maintain a growing, competitive economy while providing adequate security and opportunity for all its citizens; and the issue of whether universities are doing enough to build a stronger sense of civic responsibility, ethical awareness, and concern for the interests of others. It analyzes how higher education is responding to these issues and how they can contribute even more. It points out the importance of scientific research effort to economic progress and to the position of the United States with other industrial nations. Universities can contribute indirectly but significantly to almost all the efforts required to make the economy stronger and society more humane, especially in the fields of management education, engineering, and public administration. Many forms of personal responsibility that are essential to overcoming the most pressing national problems are being eroded; students need to be helped to develop stronger ethical standards and a greater concern for the welfare of others. Universities must pursue opportunities to promote ethical standards and civic responsibility through their curricula, rules of conduct, community service programs, and other policies and practices. References accompany each chapter. (Jdd)
Higher education in America by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

22 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At a time when colleges and universities have never been more important to the lives and opportunities of students or to the progress and prosperity of the nation, Bok provides a thorough examination of the entire system, public and private, from community colleges and small liberal arts colleges to great universities with their research programs and their medical, law, and business schools. Drawing on the most reliable studies and data, he determines which criticisms of higher education are unfounded or exaggerated, which are issues of genuine concern, and what can be done to improve matters. Some of the subjects considered are long-standing, such as debates over the undergraduate curriculum and concerns over rising college costs. Others are more recent, such as the rise of for-profit institutions and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Additional topics include the quality of undergraduate education, the stagnating levels of college graduation, the problems of university governance, the strengths and weaknesses of graduate and professional education, the environment for research, and the benefits and drawbacks of the pervasive competition among American colleges and universities. Offering a rare survey and evaluation of American higher education as a whole, this book provides a solid basis for a fresh public discussion about what the system is doing right, what it needs to do better, and how the next quarter century could be made a period of progress rather than decline."--
The first three years of the Schuman plan by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

21 editions published between 1955 and 1970 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between friends : perspectives on John Kenneth Galbraith( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The wide array of contributors to this celebratory volume reflects the richly varied life of John Kenneth Galbraith--professor of economics and writer, public servant and ambassador, eminent collector of Indian art, and head of a gifted family. Each contributor writes from his or her own highly individual perspective, whether informed by politics, journalism, economics, academe, or art--or just as a good friend. Some of the essays are anecdotal and humorous; others, more serious, show how Galbraith's ideas have influenced the contributors; still others underscore the contribution his ideas have made to a better understanding of the world by us all. Galbraith himself is present in a collection of his memorable aphorisms--not least in his thoughts on writing--compiled as the closing chapter of the book. The contributors include Derek Bok, Carlos Fuentes, Peter Galbraith, Katharine Graham, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Robert B. Reich, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and the 1998 Nobel laureate in economics, Amartya Sen. Book jacket."--Jacket
The improvement of teaching by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The struggle to reform our colleges by Derek Curtis Bok( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bok Tower Gardens : America's Taj Mahal by Kenneth Treister( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living with nuclear weapons by Harvard Nuclear Study Group( Book )

5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet the press( Visual )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On this edition of Meet the Press: the presidents of three of the nation's top colleges discuss the challenges facing college students
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Our underachieving colleges : a candid look at how much students learn and why they should be learning more
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The shape of the river : long-term consequences of considering race in college and university admissionsUniversities in the marketplace : the commercialization of higher educationThe cost of talent : how executives and professionals are paid and how it affects AmericaBeyond the ivory tower : social responsibilities of the modern universityHigher learningThe politics of happiness : what government can learn from the new research on well-beingThe trouble with governmentThe state of the nation : government and the quest for a better society