ERIC Number: ED038910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Student-Faculty Relationships: Bedrock for College Governance.
Chickering, Arthur W.
A survey of 13 small colleges indicated that there was limited communication between students and faculty outside class and limited thought and exchange of ideas in class despite the fact that American undergraduates today are better prepared, more complex, more sophisticated, and more autonomous than ever before. These students need frequent opportunities for communication, open debate and widespread involvement, but these conditions do not prevail at most colleges and universities. Exchange increases and the dimension of discussion expands only when students perceive teaching and curriculum as relevant to their concerns and backgrounds. Outside the classroom student-faculty relationships should be based on accessibility, authenticity, honesty, knowledge, understanding, and the ability to talk with, not at each other. The report recommends that campuses redirect energies toward achieving these goals. A 15 page study of college dropouts is appended. (AF)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Project on Student Development in Small Colleges, Plainfield, VT.
Note: Revised version of comments addressed to the Fifteenth Annual Institute on College and University Administration, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, June, 1969