In the wake of the Cold War, America's research universities became increasingly characterized by a tribal mentality among schools and departments, and disciplines. The surge in research funding, and the tremendous growth rate among the major public universities in particular, fostered the idea of the "multiversity": universities become less communal and less aware of their collective purpose.
Douglass, John Aubrey
"University Devolution: How and Why American Research Universities are Becoming Even More Tribal,"
Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy: Vol. 0
, Article 19.
Available at: http://thekeep.eiu.edu/jcba/vol0/iss8/19