ERIC Number: ED030376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug-21
Reference Count: 0
Federal Financing and University Goals.
Morse, John F.
Universities that base their priorities on the availability of government funds rather than on carefully designed institutional goals and realistic calculations of their resources often overextend their financial resources. Since participation in federal programs requires a commitment of institutional funds, the reduction or curtailment of federal support could result in financial disaster for such institutions. The project system, on which the federal government has relied to support good programs that were directed toward worthy national goals, now needs improvement. Congress should be persuaded to finance undergraduate institutions as institutions so that sustained support may be provided for higher education programs. Regional accrediting should be enhanced, and funds provided --through an egalitarian formula approach-- to the most distinguished institutions as well as to those which meet only minimal standards. University needs for teaching assistants in undergraduate schools could be met through this formula support. The graduate fellowship program could be expanded, and all federal agencies could provide sustained support for basic research. The federal government should undertake virtually total support of medical education, and continue to provide funds for college housing, academic facilities, and undergraduate student aid. A prime goal of all federal programs must be to help institutions keep down the charges they must levy on students. (WM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper prepared for delivery at Summer Workshop for Graduate Deans, University Park, Pennsylvania, August 21, 1968