ERIC Number: ED024319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
The University at the Service of Society.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, New York, NY.
A difficult and urgent task facing the university is the formulation of a satisfactory philosophy of public service. Because of the great interdependence between the university and society, it is a notion that cannot be rejected. On the other hand, overcommitment to public service could result in a damaging financial burden, a dwarfing of major institutional pursuits, or a loss of the university's reputation for objectivity. Thus, each institution individually must decide how much and what kinds of public service functions to assume. In establishing limits, the simplest precept for the university to follow is to undertake only those activities that are a direct outgrowth of and will strengthen regular teaching and research programs. Governance should be modernized to include public service functions. Activities to be considered in deciding policy are (1) establish high standards of racial integration in campus housing (2) provide a refuge and platform for dissenters (3) manage, on an emergency basis, urgent national or local projects for which no auspices can be found regardless of their inherent research or training value (4) provide leadership to coalesce various forces into a joint attack on large-scale social problems. In so doing, the university should guard against actively seeking federal contracts simply for self-aggrandizement, being regarded merely as a pool of talented manpower available on call, or accepting long-term responsibilities for managing projects of little benefit to the university's internal functions. A variety of pressures, including desire within the academic community, impel the university to expand its public service role. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, New York, NY.
Note: Summary of a discussion by the trustees of the Carnegie Foundation published in the 62nd Annual Report, 20 November 1967.