ERIC Number: ED030804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Role of the Universities in Social Innovation. Report of a Seminar on the University and the Transformation of Social and Political Institutions (Chicago, October 15-16, 1968).
Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development.
A seminar focused on the role of the land grant universities in an emergent and largely urban society. Papers were presented on: information needs of an urbanizing post-industrial society; minimum necessary elements to enable the university to meet the challenge; overcoming the constraints of the present university system; the role of the universities; strategies for involving the public; and strategic choices confronting the university. After seminar "second thoughts" included a discussion of the role of the university as a resource not as an activist; of the turbulence of society caused by group politics, the failure of political control, and the malfunctioning of public opinion; of the need for colleges of agriculture to add a major human resource emphasis and become in effect Colleges of Rural-Urban Environments; and of the concept of the community as the client, which may provide for extension a base for a new blend of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, teaching, and off-campus work. This can make the modern university and its public services more relevant to the problems of contemporary society. (se)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Bureaucracy, College Faculty, Community Action, Community Education, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Decision Making, Educational Resources, Educational Strategies, Group Instruction, Land Grant Universities, Political Influences, Public Policy, Role Perception, Social Change, Urbanization
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Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development.
Note: CAED Report 33.