ERIC Number: ED025991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-11
Reference Count: 0
A Strategy for Campus Peace.
Powell, Lewis F., Jr.
College presidents have traditionally been burdened with pressures from alumni, trustees, faculty, students, politicians. However, mounting pressure from the New Left has made the role of the college president a hazard to health of body, mind and reputation. The goals of the New Left are first to disrupt and then to destroy our system of higher education and our representative form of government. These, however, are not the goals of the majority of students. Organizations such as Students for a Democratic Society simply escalate demands as concessions are made, but legitimate student grievances should be listened to and channeled to the administration. Increasing faculty power should be accompanied by an equal sense of responsibility. Academic freedom should not mean license without limits, protected by an unchallenged system of tenure. The basic academic freedoms of expressing divergent views, protesting injustice, and promoting social change will be frustrated if current trends toward license, discord, even anarchy on campus and in the streets are not checked. The sooner New Leftists and their faculty allied are expelled, the sooner our campuses will resume their historic roles as centers of reason and intellectual pursuit. It must be evident that none of the grave problems of our time can be solved unless we first preserve an ordered society in which law is again respected and due process observed. (CS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: New Left; Students for a Democratic Society
Note: Speech presented to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C., November 11, 1968.