ERIC Number: ED176644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Toward a University-Based Flexibility in Lifelong Learning.
Gat, Dimitri V.
In an examination of the characteristics of universities, a plan for an educational linkage unit to facilitate lifelong learning is suggested. The five functions of higher education are defined as trusteeship of cognitive culture, research and graduate training, socialization, certification, and service to society. Factors influencing change are identified and include, in part, greater diversity of student populations, pressures of inflation, and growth and complexity of the knowledge base. Reasons for the difficulty higher education has had in responding to the need for change are examined. Among the reasons cited are the lack of a mandate, staffing problems, the existing reward system, and inflexibility. The education linkage unit is proposed as one solution. The units would provide (1) diversity through linkage with other institutions and resources of learning; (2) brokerage, enabling needs to be met as they arose by going without the institution for funding; and (3) catalyst, providing a neutral forum for exchange. Characteristics of the education linkage unit are outlined, including such elements as active involvement of community service groups in curriculum and program development. Suggested activity areas for the unit are described (e.g., designing, implementing, and evaluating community-based educational programs in parenting and family skills, career vocational planning, and other related activities). (PHR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Educational Futures Conference of the World Future Society (Houston, Texas, October 20-22, 1978)