ERIC Number: ED022422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Continuity and Change; the Need for Both.
Benezet, Louis T.
Eighteen administrators, organization directors, and senior professors were asked to determine what elements had remained the most unchanged during their roughly 30 years in higher education, and what elements had changed the most and would, perhaps, continue to change. (To the outsider, among many transformations related to the increasing size and complexity of academic institutions, the most obvious is student activism.) The educators concurred closely on 4 principal areas of change and 2 of continuity. The major features of change are: the growing systematization of higher education, the massive infusion of federal monies, the professionalization of the faculty, and the change in student attitudes. Elements that have remained generally constant are the methods of teaching in a liberal arts program, the mission of the college or university, and the general character of students who have always believed that "their hour is the most important and most critical in history." For the American system of higher education to be strong and vital in the future, planned diversity of institutional forms, public understanding of aims, and a greater effort on the part of all university factions to counsel together will be necessary. (JS)
Descriptors: College Administration, Federal Aid, Higher Education, Public Opinion, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
American Council on Education, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at 51st Annual Meeting of American Council on Education, 1968; to be published in THE FUTURE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY, John Caffrey, ed.