ERIC Number: ED034502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Aug-29
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The President's Commission on Student Involvement in Decision-Making. A Comment.
Based on the premise that intellectual liberty within a university must permeate the institution's teaching, scholarship, research, publications, relations with the outside world, internal operations and management, this comment is directed to individuals at Cornell University who do not understand the processes, restraints, and techniques that are required to preserve academic freedom. It focuses exclusively on relationships between student involvement in decision-making and intellectual liberty and suggests that before any significant change in the university is allowed to take place, the impact of such change on academic freedom should be considered. Increased student involvement in university decision-making, one such significant change that may have either beneficial or adverse effects on intellectual liberty, is discussed in the context of non-academic matters, teaching, scholarship, and research. One complete section deals with the avoidance of activities that are inconsistent with the exercise of intellectual liberty. Another presents inherent differences between students and faculty, the most important of which are considered to be age, experience, permanency of relation to the university, degree of professionalization, numbers, and the difference between being a teacher and being taught. The author was a member of the President's Commission. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.