ERIC Number: ED037178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
The Politics of the Private College: An Inquiry Into the Processes of Collegiate Government.
Wise, W. Max
The private liberal arts colleges are in trouble. Most of their presidents, boards of trustees and the literature tends to blame their problems on external developments. Evidence indicates, however, that much of the blame falls on the colleges themselves. Many private colleges have failed to adapt to new pressures in US higher education and have been unable to develop new conceptions of purposes which elicit the support of faculty, students and the public. This report discusses in detail the process of clarifying these purposes and of securing support from interested parties; and it offers suggestions for the alleviation of the malaise which characterizes many of these colleges. The report is based on intensive study of 6 private liberal arts colleges, at which interviews were conducted with presidents, and selected members of the faculty and student body. In addition, the colleges made available for examination the minutes of meetings of the boards of trustees and faculty and student committees. (AF)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Faculty, Financial Support, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Planning, Private Colleges, School Community Relationship, Student Attitudes
The Hazen Foundation, 400 Prospect Street, New Haven, Conn. 06511
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Authoring Institution: Hazen Foundation, New Haven, CT.