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Education Higher

The Strength of the University

A Selection from the Addresses of Claude T. Bissell

by (author) Claude Bissell

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2019
Higher, Students & Student Life, Organizations & Institutions
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The addresses in this book have been selected from among those given by Dr. Bissell, on many occasions, to many different groups ofp eople, over the last twelve years. In them he expresses some of his attitudes to the roleo f the university today, its strengths, and its weaknesses. He discusses such matters as the myth of the ivory forever, the effect on the univeristy of the new radicalism and awareness of power on the part of the student; the necessity of maintaining a balance between the demands of undergraduate and graduate studies, between the speecd for professional training, and the study of the humanities, the concept of "double innocence' which has been operative in the administrative framework of Canadian universities and the necessity of change in this framework; what the role of the university should be as patron of and training ground for the arts.


Dr. Bissell has firm convictions and high ideals and does not hesitate to make them known to the reader. As a profession of faith from the president of Canada's largest university this is fascinating reading for everyone who is aware of the importance of the university in the world today.

About the author

Claude Bissell (1916-2000) was a Canadian author and educator. In 1952 he was made assistant professor at the University of Toronto. From 1956 to 1958 he was president of Carleton College (now Carleton University), and returned to the University of Toronto in 1958 to become the eighth president from 1958 to 1971.

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