ERIC Number: ED029614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Integrative Planning for the "Joint Systems" of Society and Technology--The Emerging Role of the University.
In order to transform the disruptive forces that threaten the university today into cohesive ones, the university should make structural changes within itself toward a new purpose of enhancing society's capability for continuous self-renewal. It may have to become a political institution, interacting with government and industry in the planning and designing of society's systems, and controlling the outcomes of the introduction of technology into these systems. This new leadership role of the university would provide an integrated approach to world systems, particularly the "joint systems" of society and technology. Chapter 1 of the report identifies pressures for change, relates them to causes which are deeply rooted in society, and attempts to redefine the purpose of the university. The structural and operational aspects of an "ideal design" for the new university that would integrate the disruptive forces of change are presented in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 outlines several innovations that may facilitate the transition from the present to the new design of the university. These include pilot system laboratories, interdisciplinary centers for integrative and policy studies, and the introduction of new teaching and research subjects linking scientific and technological issues to others of public policy and social concern. The report is generally based on the present structure of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge. Alfred P. Sloan School of Management.