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ERIC Number: ED024321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov-16
Pages: 21
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The University in Urban Development.
Niebuhr, Herman, Jr.
The basic issue of the university's role as a pluralistic enterprise with responsibilities to the academic and outside communities has been settled; only the terms of the social contract continue to be refined. A balance must be found among conflicting sets of pressures generated by the pace of change and the growing tendency to regard all events and phenomena as interrelated. These 2 central forces have stimulated other pressures to plan for public services and manpower needs and to devise means to handle increased individual participation in social affairs. The promise and threat within these trends provide the context for evolving dimensions of the urban university. So far, academia's response to urban needs has been meagre: pertinent research is lacking, faculty is unconcerned, the curriculum is fragmented and unrelated to city problems, adequate adult education is unavailable, and little support is given to experimental programs. To end this neglect, the university must view itself as a social institution whose role has always been that of a manpower development agency. Present organizational structure would have to be modified to coordinate and utilize knowledge generated by different disciplines. Problems will arise in revising the recruiting and reward systems, integrating academic programs and assuming political risks. A new constituency demanding attention and providing an area for cooperative ventures is the residential community surrounding urban universities. Through involvement with the city, the university can help create better urban citizens and more vital educational institutions. (JS)
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Note: Paper presented at Wayne State University Centennial Symposium on "The City as Environment," Detroit, Michigan, November 16, 1967.