ERIC Number: ED024339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-12
Reference Count: 0
State Legislatures, State Universities and Self Preservation.
Graham, D. Robert
The changing relationship between state legislatures and universities is cause for concern. State governments are aware of their fading influence on universities and are making increasingly critical assessments of their educational programs. Their contributions to budgets of public colleges and universities increased between 1954 and 1964, but the percentage of the states' contributions to total budgets decreased from 44% to 38%. Before legislative reapportionment, politicians were largely influenced by rural state agricultural institutions. Today the college-educated legislators representing urban constituencies appreciate the budgetary needs of their alma maters, but they evaluate all government-funded operations, including the colleges and universities, in terms of objectives and performance. Indeed some of the student complaints against the university are justified and merit legislative consideration. In a survey of 215 colleges and universities (50% were public) on compensatory programs for low income and minority groups, 60% of the responding public institutions had no programs. One midwestern university enrolled only 2% of an over 20% eligible black population. Universities should concentrate on self-evaluation, rational long-range planning, and acceptance of higher education as a comprehensive system. Expanded benefits to society can then be provided through state capital-campus cooperation and profit both. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented to the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, D.C., November 12, 1968.