ERIC Number: ED050674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-15
Reference Count: 0
Some Possible Responses to Social Needs from Academia.
Congdon, Paul U.
The University has a 3 part responsibility: academic excellence, research, and community service. This last responsibility tends to get short shrift in most institutions of higher learning, because an institution's excellence is generally not measured by its responsiveness to social needs. Yet, the time has come when higher education must face its responsibility for the alleviation of social ills or expect broad consequences. Community services can be provided through existing programs by using some imagination. Examples are: (1) extending the college chaplain's services to youth in the community; (2) incorporating after school, youth leadership and community projects in practice teaching assignments; (3) starting an art workshop for the neighborhood; (4) conducting workshops on social issues on a continuing basis as a problemsolving effort; (5) making community service a prerequisite for graduation; (6) making community studies a part of every student's experience and working on implementing the solutions; and (7) providing a Free University, so that people in the community who still believe in education, but have no opportunity to go to a regular college, can take advantage of the expertise available. The experience of Springfield College in Massachusetts--where professors teach for free, and students who pass a course with a C or better get a certificate--points to the great worth of such an endeavor. (AF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Massachusetts; Springfield College MA
Note: Address presented at the 26th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 15, 1971