ERIC Number: ED040678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-2
Reference Count: 0
Universities and the Environment: The UWGB Case.
Weidner, Edward W.
Universities and colleges are increasingly being called upon to do something about the environment. Most have responded by adding a new program, a new institute or a course, but none of these additions has basically changed the university and its relationship to the community and the environment. The University of Wisconsin at Green Bay started operations in 1969 and is totally focussed on man and the environment, and on the concept of a communiversity. This means a socially responsible university relating to a socially responsible community. Its educational program differs in many ways from the traditional one. (1) There is true reciprocal relationship between the university and the surrounding community. (2) Teaching, research, and community outreach meld into a single intellectual function. (3) The focus on ecology and communiversity requires extensive and frequent contact between faculty and students outside as well as inside the classroom. (4) The UWGB approach requires considerable student initiative in learning. (5) The university is organized along pan-disciplinary and ecological problem lines; disciplines and professions are secondary. Students select an environmental problem that forms the center of his intellectual interests and then chooses courses in the various disciplines that contribute to his thinking and understanding of that problem. (AF)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: University of Wisconsin Green Bay
Note: Paper presented at the 25th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 2, 1970