ERIC Number: ED026944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The University and the State Government: Fears and Realities.
Gould, Samuel B.
Unreserved public discussion of state government-university relations could result in straining and weakening the very elements the discussion was intended to strengthen. Subtle personal contacts, the essence of this relationship, are undefinable and differ in every instance even though they are the true means by which the balance of authority, responsibility and independence is maintained or upset. The first reality in the university's relationship with the state government is the degree of our faith in the democratic process and a belief in the elected representatives. A clear universal reality is the advocacy in political circles of an expanding system of higher education, a desire to know the facts and then act in light of them. Danger and problems arise when governmental questioning intrudes into areas of academic competence and judgment. Erosion of a university's independence can begin in matters that seem trivial at the time. Continuation of independence, therefore, depends on our readiness to recognize and defend those portions of academic and institutional life that are the university's sole responsibility to control. Any evaluation of state government-university relations should start with an examination of how well and in what formal terms this protection is provided. (Most academic fears center on this point.) Public universities should have basic freedom of action constitutionally guaranteed to them yet seek to create a climate of trust that will make recourse to legal defense unnecessary. An annotated bibliography is included. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.; Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
Note: Paper presented at 8th Annual College Self-Study Institute, University of California, Berkeley, July 11-14, 1966, "Campus and Capitol."