ERIC Number: ED029582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-3
Reference Count: 0
The Agony and The Promise of Higher Education as Seen Through ETS Research.
Dyer, Henry S.
Some studies conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) have revealed possible causes of the uprisings on college and university campuses, and others suggest possible remedies for the agony experienced at many institutions. A survey of 5,200 college and university trustees shows that the ambivalence in their beliefs and attitudes, and the conflicting views among them as well as between them and other members of the academic community, may have contributed to campus turbulence. One of the most important findings in a study of 180 university presidents in New York State is an admitted discrepancy between their perceived accomplishment and their recognized responsibility. An examination of the relationships between 6 types of organized student protest and 5 measures of institutional climate --as perceived by students at 109 four-year colleges--reveals a strong relationship between the incidence and the intensity of student protests on 2 sets of off-campus issues: civil rights and US militarism. In the same study it was found that on those campuses where there is a strong concern for national and international affairs, and on those where scholarly attainment is valued highly, one is more likely to find students who are active in promoting the rights of black people or in demonstrating against the US involvement in Vietnam. It is felt that campus disorders may possibly be necessary ingredients of institutional progress toward excellence. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Summary of statement presented at the 24th National Conference on Higher Education, March 3, 1969, Chicago, Illinois