ERIC Number: ED026014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug-5
Reference Count: 0
What Does the Small College Have to Sell?
McGrath, Earl J.
Although conclusive evidence is not available to show that the quality of an institution is related to its size, there is enough evidence to claim that small size makes possible the achievement of certain desirable educational goals generally unattainable in large institutions. The small college (here denoting an institution of 1200 or fewer students) can offer clarity and singleness of purpose by placing limitations on its objectives, faculty, curriculum and students. The primary aim for most small colleges should be education of students for a fuller personal life and sensitive participation in a democracy. A broad general education, unavailable elsewhere, can be offered and emphasis placed on good teaching in the undergraduate disciplines. The experience of Eisenhower College indicates that the small college can attract dedicated teachers chosen on the basis of their commitment to teaching, to broad interdisciplinary units, and to the belief that specialization in the liberal arts college can be achieved by offering a few basic subjects well taught. Small colleges should adopt liberal admissions policies admitting students of a considerable range in ability. With its potential for close personal relationships and the cultivation of values, the small college should be uniquely concerned for the modern students' efforts to find meaning to their lives. The atmosphere of cold intellectualism is the basis for much student unrest. There is an urgent need for aggressive advocates of the small college. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Eisenhower College NY
Note: Opening address at the 13th Annual Summer Workshop of The Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges at Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 5, 1968.