History of the University of Pennsylvania

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January 1959


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Reprinted from The University of Pennsylvania Faculty: A Study in American Higher Education, by Richard H. Shryock (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1959).


Excellence in the University of Pennsylvania, as in other universities, exists or can be attained only by virtue of excellence in its faculties. Policies and procedures which improve the quality of the faculties are therefore vital to the well-being of the institution; and this conclusion - though a seeming truism - must be central to all thinking about the University's future.

The present study deals with this essential theme, which for the sake of brevity may be termed the faculty program. The subject relates to all the major purposes of the University, since these must be carried out - ultimately - by the academic staff. Moreover, it transcends the interests of particular schools or areas of learning, and cuts across the resulting boundaries of institutional structures and functions. Under these circumstances, a faculty program may seem so all-embracing as to be almost the equivalent of university policy as a whole.

Yet faculties must admit, with becoming modesty, that they alone do not constitute the University of Pennsylvania. Studies of other essential elements in this or any similar institution - as of administrators or of students - will also ramify in all directions. Delimitation of themes here is a matter of focus and emphasis. The present study concentrates on the academic staff and considers other categories only in so far as they enter the resulting picture.

Additional Files

chapter 1.pdf (2331 kB)
American Higher Education: Problems and Policies

chapter 2.pdf (3528 kB)
Principles of a Faculty Program

chapter 3.pdf (973 kB)
Reputation and Morale of the Pennsylvania Faculties

chapter 4.pdf (809 kB)

chapter 5.pdf (647 kB)
Rank and Tenure

chapter 6.pdf (958 kB)
Faculty Distribution

chapter 7.pdf (1756 kB)
Appointments and Promotions

chapter 8.pdf (793 kB)
Suspensions and Dismissals

chapter 9.pdf (1579 kB)
Salaries and Fringe Benefits

chapter 10.pdf (1340 kB)
The Teaching Function

chapter 11.pdf (896 kB)
Research and Other Creative Activities

chapter 12.pdf (212 kB)

chapter 13.pdf (277 kB)
What of the Future?



Date Posted: 28 May 2008