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ERIC Number: ED029581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-4
Pages: 5
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The San Francisco State Experience: What Can be Learned from It?
Smith, Robert
Growing internal tensions within the San Francisco State College erupted into what may have been the most complex, many-faceted struggle of college upheavals in 1969. Underlying the College's campus disturbances are the rising aspirations of students for experientially-oriented college programs, the surge of minority efforts to gain wide access to higher education, the drive for black and other ethnic studies, and a serious thrust for student power. In addition, the faculty's alienation and disappointment with the deteriorating conditions of California higher education and the increasingly conservative Board of Trustees provided a seedbed for their rebellion. It may be too early to say what can be learned from the College's struggles, and it may be difficult for some educators to learn what must be learned if urban higher education is to adapt itself in a successful way to the social and cultural revolution of which it is now a part. However, an ex-President of San Francisco State College presents a list containing 11 of his observations concerning what may have been some ineffective responses to campus disorders. They cover how the administration and faculty handled student challenges, the cleavages and hostilities among individuals and groups which made the resolution of conflicts impossible, minority group power struggles on campus, and attitudes of students, faculty, administrators and the public. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: San Francisco State College CA
Note: Paper presented to Special Session VIII at the 24th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 4, 1969.