ERIC Number: ED029561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
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Private Liberal Arts Colleges and Their Changing Purposes.
Chamberlain, Philip C.; Shilling, Roy B., Jr.
Bulletin of the School of Education Indiana University, v43 n3 May 1967
Throughout their history, the private liberal arts colleges have been able to adapt to changing conditions while maintaining their identity mainly because the colleges collectively have represented a humanistic tradition deeply ingrained in American educational thought. The current reshaping of the structure of US higher education is, however, threatening the traditional ability of these colleges to provide freedom of choice and diversity in educational opportunity. In order to discover how these colleges adapted to new realities, this study reviews historically the nature and purposes of the institutions as they evolved from 1636 to the present. In the course of an exhaustive review of the pertinent literature, attempts were made to understand the factors that significantly contributed to the founding, modification or posture of these institutions, their perceived goals, and the nature and aims of their educational programs. It was concluded that the private liberal arts colleges, as a whole, are beset by a crisis of identity with respect to their distinctive educational role. If they are to continue as a distinctive sector of higher education, they must find ways to recover or redefine their unique mission. (JS)
Descriptors: Colleges, Educational Objectives, Educational Theories, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Liberal Arts, Objectives, Private Colleges
Bulletin of the School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana ($1.25)
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. School of Education.