April 27, 1998
Volume 50, No. 30
Excellence depends on alignment of vision and reality
1Minutes, Special Committee of the Board of Trustees, June 8, 1934.
2The first doctoral (PhD) degree awarded at Emory was in Chemistry in 1948; PhD degrees were awarded in History in 1952 and in Biology, English, and Anatomy in 1953.
3Eugene R. Rice, Making a Place for the New American Scholar, Working Paper Series, Inquiry 1 (Washington D.C.: American Association for Higher Education, 1996).
4Fortunately, some professional associations-including prestigious organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences and the American Council of Learned Societies-have begun to tout the importance of teaching and public service, a trend that may help relax the conflict of commitment that many faculty experience.
5This figure includes expenditures from the Emily and Ernest Woodruff Fund and sponsored research, but excludes hospitals and auxiliary services. The university's total annual budgets for all purposes are approximately $1.2 billion.
6These numbers are based on the Annual Financial Report of the Vice President and Treasurer, August 31, 1997.
7Endowment payout is based on a rate of approximately 4.5 to 5 percent of the three-year rolling average of its market value.
8Indeed, given historical patterns of the financial market, we should be prepared-as we are-for the possibility of a significant reversal.
9Source: CASPAR NSF Database System; IPEDS "Financial Statistics" survey. The percentage growth is based on total revenues in actual dollars and 1994-1995 is the most recent academic year for which comparable data at the national level are available.
10"Comparative Resources: What We have Done to Improve Utilization of Resources," a report of the Office of the Executive Vice President, Emory University, February 1996.
11Edward Shils, The Academic Ethic (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984) 3.
12Commission on Teaching, Teaching at Emory (Atlanta: Emory University, 1997) 5.
13Billy E. Frye, Choices & Responsibility: Shaping Emory's Future (Atlanta: Emory University, 1994) 11.
14Alasdair MacIntyre, Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry, as cited in Robert N. Bellah, "Creating Transforming Communities," address to the Annual Conference of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, March 14-17, 1996, Asheville, North Carolina.
15Frye, Choices & Responsibility, 15.
16James Gustafson, "In the Intersections: Reflections on Being an Intellectual Traffic Cop," 1994 Alumnus of the Year Address, University of Chicago Divinity School, Criterion 34:1 (Winter 1995): 7-14.
17Jaroslav Pelikan, The Idea of the University: A Reexamination (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992) 138.
19Science 2000 is the rubric for a cooperative program in chemistry, physics, math, computer science, and important elements of the biological and biomedical sciences that focuses the combined intellectual and technical resources of these disciplines upon integrative undergraduate, graduate, and research programs. Further information about the program can be obtained from any of the departments, the dean of Emory College, or the provost.
20See the summary of the conference, "University-Community Partnerships: Enriching the Vision of Emory University," prepared by Frank Alexander, Emory University, February 1998.
21See the Community Partnerships website at <http://www.emory.edu/GCA/TEST/ issues.html>.
22"Briefing Book," Conference on University-Community Partnerships, December 16, 1997, Emory University.
23Council on International Affairs and Office of International Affairs, "Internationalizing Emory: A Strategy for Leadership in Global Education," 1997, Emory University.