ERIC Number: ED039856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-3
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Alternative Models for Higher Education.
Caffrey, John G.
Higher education is beset from all sides by criticism, fear, doubt, uncertainty, and prophecies of doom. While the young call for change, the faculty often resist anything that might reduce their privileges and prerogatives. Before alternative models to the present system of higher education can be considered, it is useful to question present practices, and past customs. The usefulness or desirability of each of these practices and traditions would dictate an alternative model for higher education. Among the proposed models are: (1) the experimental model - universities without walls, or the city as university; (2) the university whose main objective is "relevance"; (3) the university that provides education for leisure; (4) the university as a shelter for part of the population; (5) the university as producer of people who can make things work; (6) the university as a training ground for survival. The university can be considered a self-service supermarket with an inspection station at the end, or as a factory or processing plant. If alternative models are considered, nothing must be assumed as inherently virtuous or corrupt. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 25th national conference of the American Association for Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 3, 1970