ERIC Number: ED029576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-3
Reference Count: 0
Law and Order in a Free Society: The Role of Higher Education.
Robinson, David W.
The awe and wonder with which the public once viewed US colleges and universities is now changing to anger and disgust as a result of well-publicized campus disorders. On the University of Wisconsin (Madison) campus, less than one-tenth of 1% of the total student body are activists who advocate the takeover of the "establishment." This group gets most of the publicity, rather than the 17,600 other students who are on campus to learn, grow, and develop within the framework of order. There is a large group of students who want student power, by which they mean student participation in running the university. Educators must accept that these students have something to say, and realize that today's students cannot be manipulated. There are shortcomings in higher education at faculty, administrative, and student levels which need to be improved and corrected. Much homework needs to be done in terms of relating the campus environment to society, and improving communications between students and the faculty, the administration and students, and the university and the community. The students seem to want improvement from within the university with the goal of contributing as best they can to a well-ordered society within the framework of the law. The role of higher education is to lead in fairness and courage towards a creative, orderly society whose participants are limited to the least possible degree. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 24th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 3, 1969