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The concept of the multiversity was introduced into the literature on higher education by Clark Kerr in his 1963 book The Uses of the University. He analyzed the history and development of universities in the United States and identified a new type of university—the multiversity—that had emerged in the postwar period, a time when new knowledge became the most important factor in economic and social growth. In contrast to earlier universities that focused on a single purpose, like the residential undergraduate college or the German research university, the multiversity combined many, often conflicting, purposes. The multiversity had undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, and its faculty members conducted both pure and applied research. The multiversity was autonomous but served national purposes. The word multiversity refers to ...

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