ERIC Number: ED031157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan-30
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Research Between the Right and Left.
Dyer, Henry S.
This paper explores 2 concepts, institutional research in higher education and what is called the Left-Right Continuum, and suggests that periods of conflict provide better opportunities for meaningful institutional research than when the campus is quiet. To ensure the health of a college, interinstitutional research and intrainstitutional research must go hand in hand. The Left-Right Continuum is a socio-cultural, multidimensional yardstick that measures segments from the extreme left (activists who revolt against all institutional authority) to the extreme right (people off campus who fear any form of change that may take place on campus). Between these 2 groups are students and faculty members (the undistributed middle) who are not concerned with politics or institutional changes but whose unrecognized needs, hopes, and frustrations are sources of possible conflict. The college itself is likened to the Freudian model of personality. The ego is a combination of faculty and administration, the id is the undistributed middle, and the superego is the charter of the college, which causes guilt about unrealized institutional goals; the college is in a constant state of neurosis. When the id, which is usually repressed by the ego, comes to the surface during a period of conflict, the institutional researcher is provided with the best view of the real internal dynamics of the institution for analysis, and can suggest the kind of adjustments that are necessary for the health of the college. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Note: Paper presented at Workshop of the Regional Educational Laboratory for the Carolinas and Virginia, Durham, North Carolina, January 30, 1969.