ERIC Number: ED036254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-4
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The University and Society: On Biting the Hand That Feeds Us.
With the rapid growth in tax support for higher education at both the state and federal level during the last 10 years, the public and legislators are becoming increasingly interested in getting some returns for their investment. The university, long engaged in basic and applied military research, is now being asked to help solve our social and environmental problems and serve as the agency to bring about social change. The university's response to these demands has been characteristically academic: the establishment of a new degree program, or institute. A few of the faculty have undertaken limited public service activities. The public expects more; it expects the university to develop a social technology to overcome the vexing social problems of our society. This can only be accomplished by changing the present form of research in the social sciences. Applied social research may require direct involvement in the political process and idealogical commitment, which could arouse strong local antagonisms and lead to control over the university by radical groups of the left or right. The establishment of independent problem-centered institutes may be a better approach to tackling the problem of effecting social change. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Address to the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington D.C., Dec 4-6, 1969