ERIC Number: ED026016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan-15
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Reform in Higher Education--Goals of the Right and of the Left.
Peterson, Richard E.
In the late 1960's, especially after the 1964 Berkeley movement, numerous power blocks joined in the struggle for control of US universities. The range of demands on the higher education system serve to separate the competing groups into 4 general categories. The Anarchist Left, or radicals, comprises about 5% of the total college student population. The highly intelligent students demand a voice in determining policy and course content, and seek to replace the present university with a new institution characterized by academic and personal freedom. Some segments of the Reformist Left, or liberals, include black and white reformist-minded students and faculty. Student activists in this group press for limited reforms in academic, non-academic and governmental matters, frequently in an abrasive way, and faculty demands involve higher salaries and better working conditions. The Nostalgic Right is composed of older professors and alumni who oppose any functional changes or innovative programs, and make demands only when their institution veers away from the "status quo." They maintain that teaching and scholarly research are proper univeristy functions. The Upright Right, or far-right group, are citizens from off campus who consider themselves to be morally strong and righteous, and advocate the preservation of law and order as well as the protection of everyone's "public decency." Their demands are essentially counter-demands. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 15, 1969.