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ERIC Number: ED030374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar-10
Pages: 10
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The Abuses of the University.
Wilson, Logan
Looking back at what has been happening ON university campuses since 1963, one may become concerned about what may happen TO the institutions involved. There is nothing immutable or sacrosanct about the way colleges and universities are organized and operated, but they must be able to resist pressures for changes that would threaten their integrity and distinction as centers of higher learning. The common theory that the university is a social microcosm is erroneous. It is a specialized community and should not be viewed as a stage for partisan politics or be expected to reflect the interests of each of its members. It is necessary to protect the university from becoming an agency for offsetting inadequacies that stem from other sources such as poverty, criminality, unemployment, and urban blight, for while it provides distinctive functions in its services to society, it cannot be expected to direct its attention to all social problems. Neither can it survive as a battleground for organized disruptions, collective bargaining and other tactics, nor as a haven for escapist students and overly permissive young faculty. Where reform is needed, dialogue should replace negotiation between the parties concerned, for the traditional testing of ideas must not degenerate into a conflict which destroys academic freedom. If academic freedom is to be preserved, student duties must be considered along with student rights, and responsibilities kept in balance with privileges. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Commencement Address, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, March 10, 1968