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ERIC Number: ED037180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Pages: 9
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[The University in Crisis.]
Abram, Morris B.
The university reflects the revolution in the world. Large numbers of "find out" students are not goal oriented and are affected by malaise; many approve of the use of violence in certain situations. Part of the revolution must be accepted and part rejected. The university is extremely vulnerable to violence and, unless it is contained, American private education may come to a grinding halt. The university cannot be neutral; it is committed to education and to gradual ameliorative change. It must try to be neutral, however, and not be allowed to bend toward a particular ideology. The liberal arts college, especially, is responsible for educating the student as a whole man and helping him find his way in society. The American university cannot be democratic if it is to be an educational institution. Much is wrong with the university: faculty has enormous power, much of it negative and rarely innovative, the publish or perish syndrome is detrimental to good teachers who do not publish, the tenure system is rigid, and authority fragmented. The one centrifugal force is central budgeting. This must be maintained. Many students are dissatisfied, some want to shut the university down others want to change it. They must be listened to, but the university has a responsibility to preserve its own vital elements. For the good of society, the university must survive. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Note: Address delivered to the Annual Meeting of the College Entrance Examination Board, New York, N.Y., Oct. 27-28, 1969