ERIC Number: ED029573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-4
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The Academic Senate Under Fire.
Livingston, John C.
The processes of revolutionary change, particularly the dynamics of the egalitarian ideal, have affected the campus in 2 central ways. The first is the erosive effect of equality on the traditional status of higher education as centers for cultivating the abilities of an intellectual and social elite. Educators are faced with the difficulty of maintaining the vision of excellence in a mass educational system and maintaining standards of excellence when they can no longer be included in the criteria of admission. The second effect of egalitarianism is the use of the campus as a major lever for social change by ethnic minorities. Campus unrest continues to sharpen the conflicts between faculty and trustees, and political pressures are likely to increase the power of trustees. As academic senates are brought into more direct and intense conflict with trustees and administrators, tactics used by both sides will sharpen the adversary character of their relationship. New procedural and substantive issues will create new tensions in the senate's relationships with external organizations. The senate is likely to respond by endorsing collective negotiation. And, if the academic union is involved in an issue, the senate may also find itself contending for the role of bargaining agent. There is also the problem of the ineffectiveness of the faculty in reaching agreement on any issue. Adversary relationships characterized by confrontation and bargaining, and backed by force, will likely increase within the university. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Association for Higher Education's 24th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Ill., Mar 2-5, 1969