A growing number of books on educational «crisis» and university reform have appeared in recent years. Few of these works, however, substantively clarify the idea of the university as such. Karl Jaspers (1883-1969) published three different monographs with the title Die Idee der Universität in 1923, 1946 and 1961. His 1933 «Theses» on university rejuvenation were a direct response to Heidegger's Rectorial Address and the developing Nazi university constitution of the Land of Baden. The nine essays herein explore aspects of Jaspers's Universitätsidee in relation to his philosophical thinking as a whole, the thought of other philosophers, larger issues of history, and our contemporary educational situation. Contributors include Raymond Langley, Kurt Salamun, George B. Pepper, Charles Courtney, Gregory J. Walters, Arthur L. Kennedy, Hanna Buczynska-Garewicz, Timothy Fuller, and Stephen A. Erickson.