ERIC Number: ED034489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov-11
Reference Count: 0
We Must Speak Out for Public Higher Education.
Harrington, Fred Harvey
The principle underlying public higher education in the US is that while learning helps the individual, it is mostly for the benefit of the economy, society, government, and culture, and therefore society should bear most of the cost of such education. Public education is being threatened today by national and state proposals that the student be required to pay the full costs of his education. But with such a requirement, public higher education as it has traditionally existed in this country would cease to be. One may assess the values of public higher education by considering three words: (1) Opportunity. The goal of public universities involves excellent education for the many rather than the few. Despite tax and other pressures, low fees have prevailed, and today they are fundamentally tied to current pressures for providing opportunities for low-income groups. (2) Relevance. Land-grant and other state universities, which were set up to provide opportunities and practical curricula, not only developed professional education along with general education but linked research theory with practical work to improve the human condition. (3) Involvement. Public institutions have never endorsed the ivory tower, but have sought to link public service to teaching and research, to educate adults, and to render service to those who could not attend institutions of higher education. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Address delivered at Annual Conference of National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, Chicago, Illinois, November 11, 1969