ERIC Number: ED050675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-14
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education is Not a Commodity.
Benezet, Louis T.
This paper comments on the Carnegie Commission reports on higher education and discusses some of the issues higher education and the public have to face. Higher education is in a crisis and in desperate need of continuing financial support from the federal government. The Carnegie Commission can help the public understand some of the problems by pointing out that higher education is not a commodity, and that the chief beneficiary is not only the preson who gets the degree, but society as well. The Commission has recently made proposals for a 3-year baccalaureate, for credit for outside experience, and for other types of extramural education. The case for 4-year residential colleges may be weak and, if so, they may have to disappear, for it is not the particular forms of higher learning that have to be preserved. Higher learning is a process of human growth and change, and the students of the sixties and seventies became aware, perhaps for the first time, of the humanity of all men and the need to connect education with a wider view of humanity. The Commission can also help in letting the public know what is happening that is good and important on campus today, and help inspire a public confidence without which the funding of higher education becomes progressively impossible. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Carnegie Commission on Higher Education
Note: Address presented at the 26th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 14, 1971