Author Archives: Michael M. Crow


This article is in New Horizons for a Flat World, Winter 2006

The university of the future In “Envisioning a Transformed University” (Issues, Fall 2005), James J. Duderstadt, Wm. A. Wulf, and Robert Zemsky have once again rung a bell that seemingly has not yet been heard at our universities. I would not term it a wake-up bell, as that was rung in 1994 with the emergence […]

Perspective: None Dare Call It Hubris: The Limits of Knowledge

This article is in Domestic Security Revisited, Winter 2007

During the past four decades, many of us have come to terms with an increasing realization that there may be a limit to what we as a species can plan or accomplish. The U.S. failure to protect against and respond to Hurricane Katrina in the summer of 2005 and the apparent futility of the plan […]


This article is in Questions That Blur Political Party Lines, Fall 2008

The education people need Brian Bosworth’s “The Crisis in Adult Education” (Issues, Summer 2008) could not be timelier for U.S. community colleges. As the nation’s current economic problems intensify, increasing numbers of adults are returning to community colleges to obtain education and training for living-wage jobs. They are often unprepared to perform college-level work, and […]

Perspective: Overcoming Stone Age Logic

This article is in Practical Pieces of the Energy Puzzle, Winter 2009

Through a remarkable manipulation of limited knowledge, brute force, and an overwhelming arrogance, humans have shaped a world that in all likelihood cannot sustain the standard of living and quality of life we have come to take for granted. Our approach to energy, to look at only one sector, epitomizes our limitations. We remain fixated […]

Perspective: The Challenge for the Obama Administration Science Team

This article is in Tapping Talent in a Global Economy, Spring 2009

President Obama’s choices for top government science positions have made a strong statement about the importance of science and technology (S&T) in our society. In choosing Nobel prize–winning physicist Stephen Chu for Secretary of Energy, marine biologist Jane Lubchenko to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and physicist and energy and arms control […]


This article is in The Need for Geoengineering Research, Fall 2010

University futures In “Science and the Entrepreneurial University” (Issues, Summer 2010), Richard C. Atkinson and Patricia A. Pelfrey remind us of the extent to which the U.S. economy is increasingly driven by science and technology and the central role the the U.S. research university plays in producing both new knowledge and human capital. Although policymakers […]

A New Model for the American Research University

This article is in A New Model for the American Research University, Spring 2015

The supposed conflict between research intensity and increased student access serves the branding needs of our elite universities, but not the social and economic needs of the nation. A new institutional design is emerging that meets the dual obligations of equity and excellence without compromising on either. Headlines and pundits proclaiming a crisis in American […]