ERIC Number: ED254184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-17
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education: Some Current Problems and Future Challenges.
Alexander, Benjamin H.
Views on current problems and future challenges in higher education are provided by a former U.S. Department of Education official who also was president of Chicago State University. Among these views are that: educators should have the integrity to exclude from the university any student who shows no possibility of academic success, even with the support of remedial programs; teachers' colleges and schools of education do not usually attract the best students; teacher education should be a professional program at the graduate level and all four-year colleges and schools of education should be abolished; and colleges should screen faculty members and administrators for eligibility and competence and should promote professional development. Issues concerning equal opportunity for minorities and the case of Chicago State University, which is predominantly black, are also addressed. At that institution, the grading system was reviewed and made less permissive, and qualifying exams in English, mathematics, and reading were established as conditions for graduation. The university also made adjustments in administrative structures, including converting academic divisions into colleges and streamlining the administration. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chicago State University IL
Note: Paper presented at the Anniversary of the University of Georgia (200th, Athens, GA, February 17, 1985).