ERIC Number: ED028722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-3
Reference Count: 0
Review of Selected Literature: The Agony and Promise of America.
Meeth, L. Richard
In the more than 300 books and 600 essays on or related to U.S. higher education that were written in 1968, 2 themes appear frequently: (1) the presence and power of college students (which may be thought of as the agony and the promise of America), and (2) the future of U.S. institutions of higher education. The paper reviews 6 documents on each of these themes. Among the publications on the college student, the January 1969 special issue of Fortune magazine contained the best overview of the mood of the present generation of college students. Other works deal with college impact on the development of student personality, a developmental approach to the curriculum, college dropouts or failures in contrast to persisters, creative students and underachievers, and difference between college attenders and non-attenders. Publications on the future of U.S. institutions of higher education discuss the lack of focus and meaning in undergraduate life, strengthening the role of the campus in the community, liberal education versus specialized research, cluster colleges, barriers to educational change, essentialism versus existentialism, the future of the relationship between colleges and universities and the society in which they function, and the rise to power of the academic profession in the U.S. and its effect on the rest of society. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at 24th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 3, 1969