ERIC Number: ED034509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
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Higher Education and Public Purposes.
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.
Federal funds support approximately 75% of the research programs conducted at institutions of higher education. When viewed from the standpoint of scientific productivity, these programs have substantially expanded the science base of the US, increased the scope of graduate and professional education, and enriched general education. But the overall impact of these programs on education has been uneven, since their effects have been predominantly on graduate education and some associated professional schools. In 1966 and thereafter, sharply imposed constraints on federal funds had a serious impact on institutions of higher education, many of which had become dependent not only upon the maintenance of a given level of federal support but upon continuing program expansion. This seems to indicate a necessity for restructuring the working relationship between the federal agencies and higher education. Universities, professional societies, and educational associations need to: (1) analyze the needs of society in order to assign the particular roles that they can play in a rapidly evolving social structure; (2) determine for themselves the most effective set of goals that would best serve the US; (3) define the general areas within these goals that are best suited for federal action; and (4) strengthen their power structures through clear-sighted analyses and planning. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech given before the Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, Chicago, Illinois, November 10-12, 1969