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There is indeed a disagreement between Prof. DeBremaecker and myself with regard to our views of the proper role of the university in our society. While it should be clear from my paper that I am opposed to neither applied research nor land-grant colleges, it should be equally clear that I am concerned that the high degree of organization that would be required in order to become directly involved in operational solutions to urban problems could interfere with both the basic research programs and the educational functions of the university. Urban problems are much more complex than agricultural problems. It does not follow that success in dealing with the technical problems of agriculture implies success in dealing with the combined social-economic-technical nature of urban problems.

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