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ERIC Number: ED026062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 25
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Student Needs and the System.
Blocker, Clyde E.
The author suggests that higher education become a service for students, not an obstacle course that excludes rather than includes. The "paper student," as shown by his transcript, is poorly described. No account is taken, for instance, of his family background--low income, lack of occupational status and geographic or social mobility, indifference to or scorn of higher education. His self-image is average; he is economically, politically, and morally conservative; he lacks intellectual or social self-confidence; he aspires only to a middle occupation, and even that without settled goal. He must be guided toward compatibility of education and vocation and helped to develop self-acceptance, emotional balance, and maturity. His search for respect includes academic, social, and vocational success at his own level, free of parental restraint. The punch-card processing of students in "the system" discourages all these developments. Adjustment problems are frequently less severe for students in college residence than for those living at home, where normal emancipation conflicts with family values, and where the nightly return to a non-supportive environment negates much of his growth. Institutional rigidity (grades, attendance) may also stifle his search for self-determination. The college can offset these influences by broadening admission criteria, by relating programs more closely to daily life (as opposed to vocation), by defining and following educational objectives that meet modern expectations of individual development. (HH)
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Note: Speech presented to the Northeast Area Two-Year College Reading Association (Philadelphia, November 13, 1968).