ERIC Number: ED024343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-12
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A Changing Campus and a Changing Society.
The attitudes of students and academic men are being shaped by changes in our national life. Faculty members have diverse loyalties but can be generally divided into cosmopolitans (who identify with an academic discipline), locals (who identify with an institution and its students), and "job-holders" (whose real interest lies outside discipline and institution). Although the US is more troubled, colleges are not necessarily in worse shape than they were 50 years ago when academicians earned a bare living and students were mindlessly rowdy and materialistic. Too, learning in the past was regarded as effeminate and unnecessary and it was not until World War II and after that academic talents were valued and states and local communities competed for funds for new colleges. As higher education became more popular, the outlook of whole neighborhoods was tipped in its favor, especially regarding education of its sons. The expansion of a flexible system of higher education created pressures and demands in other parts of society and a combination of forces converged to heighten the power of faculty and lesson that of students, administrators, trustees and local communities. Its rising power is now accompanied by a form of student power that is anti-collegiate and in some ways anti-academic, as well as an upsurge in doctrinaire conservatism among students. Uncommitted students can be rallied because of shared concerns over the war and draft. Recent domestic tensions have blinded us to the lessons of travel and study overseas, but a comparative perspective is essential for a broad understanding of our problems. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
Note: Address to Annual Meeting of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C., November 12, 1968.