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Among the problems that the current financial stringency has brought home to American higher education, none are more pressing than those underlying a clear understanding of the field of service that may appropriately be maintained by the individual college or university. In recent years the growth of student enrolments and the comparative ease with which funds could be secured have led institutions to increase their offerings without due regard to the possibility that at some time they might find themselves unable to maintain so expanded a service. The question whether expansion at one institution would result in unwarrantably duplicating the work of others appears to have been seldom if ever considered. The present economic situation has checked this movement sharply. Universities and colleges in increasing numbers are now asking just how they severally may best fit themselves into an adequate but economical system of higher education to serve a state,
The State and Higher Education: Phases of Their Relationship.. JAMA. 1933;101(4):307–308. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740290055041
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