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Introduction: Pondering the university’s future

ByBarbie Zelizer

How will the university look in the future, and what can be done to guide its trajectory? As assessments of the university’s viability are increasingly marked by uncertainty, crisis, confusion, and instability, the challenges facing higher education at times seem to undercut its value. If one feeds “the future of the university” as a search term into Google, over 300 million hits surface. Making the University Matter addresses these anxieties: assuming that what we know about the university as an institution does not necessarily match how we think about the university as an idea, this book details a range of practices, expectations, challenges, and understandings that might help us better predict and respond to the changing conditions in which universities live.