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ERIC Number: ED027816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-6
Pages: 16
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The Nature Of The Contemporary University.
Williams, D.C.
The traditional concept of the university is being challenged today by students, faculty members, and the general public. The news media have tended to aggravate, inflate, and distort university events. In some cases this kind of reporting has made public figures of those student leaders who attempt to make the university an instrument of political action or others who would preserve its structure but seek the power to govern it. Faculty interest in governance has increased, and an outraged public condemns the university's "inability to keep its own house in order." The most obvious response to these pressures has been made by university presidents, who resign as their responsibilities increase and their authority diminishes. Another response concerns university governance. The 2-tiered system, or the existence of a Board and a Senate with faculty and student participation, has been successfully attempted at the University of Western Ontario. The classroom response has been less dramatic. There seems to be no viable alternative to current lecture and examination systems, even though some efforts are being made to experiment with new teaching techniques. An important question concerns how the university may retain its autonomy while participating in governance within a system flexible enough to adapt to the rapid pace of change. It seems that the university has already begun to defend its aims with a new enthusiasm reminiscent of the intellectual revolution that produced it 100 years ago. (WM)
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Note: Speech given before the Annual Meeting of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, November 6, 1968.