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Mission drift?

This series examines how the institutional shifts of the last decade impact undergrads and Brown’s future.

Though Henry Wriston championed Brown’s identity as a “university-college,” Ruth Simmons has departed from that model and pursued rapid expansion.

University News

Is the University suffering an identity crisis?

November 28, 2011 3 comments

The University mission statement grew out of its charter, a document bold enough to create a governance structure for a school with no home, professors or students. The motley crew of New England Baptists and intellectuals that gathered in Newport in 1764 — the original Corporation — had their charter signed by the Royal Governor of Rhode Island, who was appointed by King George III. They could never have foreseen the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Alpert Medical School, the Ivy League, celebrity students or the sprawling, global institution the University has become.

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Dialogue falters, expansion grinds ahead

November 29, 2011 Comments are Disabled

Student and faculty reactions to the School of Engineering and the proposed school of public health have been tamer compared to the debate preceding the opening of the Med School in the 1970s. There is no consensus on whether the schools of engineering and public health indicate a drift from the University’s mission, and it remains unanswered if and how the shift in focus away from the central College affects Brown’s undergraduate experience.

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From Ivy League wild child to Harvard-lite

November 30, 2011 Comments are Disabled

Brown once relished its niche as the undergrad Ivy. Today, it is acutely aware of ‘peer competitors’ — and is becoming more like them.

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Guided by green, Brown tests uncharted waters

December 1, 2011 Comments are Disabled

Expansion begets more expansion as U. funds its ambitions with online master’s programs, corporate-funded research and a growing presence in emerging overseas markets.