ERIC Number: ED027852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-3
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education and the Demand for Social Action.
Campbell, Roald F.
Universities are beset with many demands to join in social action. Some of these demands run counter to the traditional purposes of the university: the production and transmission of knowledge. Universities' responses range from isolation or withdrawal as recently espoused by Barzun in The American University to a call for direct social action which carried to its extreme could make the university a service station, a pseudo-governmental agency. Neither of these positions is acceptable, and universities must find a balance between isolation and invasion. Scholarship cannot be divorced from the world of reality, but scholars must be given some protection from the demands of daily action programs. At the same time, it would be useful to free some professors for a time from their research and teaching roles so that they may participate fully in action programs. Or the university could employ action people to serve as liaison between those who study and those who practice. The university could also spin off into related but separate organizations many developmental and dissemination tasks based upon the work of scholars. Some of this spin off might involve the talents often found in business firms. (AM)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Association for Higher Education's 24th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Ill., Mar 2-5, 1969.