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September 27, 1913

University Control.

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By J. McKeen Cattell, Professor of Psychology in Columbia University. Cloth. Pp. 484. Price, $3.00 net. The Science Press, Garrison, N. Y.

JAMA. 1913;61(13_part_1):1063-1064. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350130057032

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A plea for academic freedom for the individual professor in the university and a protest against autocratic methods of control. A historical retrospect points out how early universities became famous and influential at times when they enjoyed this freedom and how influence waned when this freedom was lost. The greatness of the universities of Germany and elsewhere during the nineteenth century was when academic freedom and the independence and influence of the professor attained a remarkable supremacy. In comparison with the German universities the author states that "no efficient machine driven by the president of an American university can grind out such flour." A series of two hundred and ninetynine unsigned letters from professors in various American universities are reproduced, and of this number, two hundred and fifty-three favor a greater faculty control of universities or a representative plan suggested in a previous article by the author, allowing of a

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