ERIC Number: ED040675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-4
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Open Admissions: Before the Deluge.
Newcomb, Theodore M.
Institutions of higher education will have to change themselves radically if they are seriously interested in instituting open admissions policies, and one of the biggest obstacles to creating a learning environment conducive to a new kind of student will be overcoming institutional pride in its own elitism. Students have traditionally entered the university with the understanding that they have to take certain courses, and that their attendance at the institution depends on their academic performance as judged by the faculty. For ghetto students, this is practically a guarantee for failure. Under a really open admissions policy, the student should have the opportunity to have a series of experiences that he considers desirable for himself at that time, without requirements, grades, or accreditation. When the student decides that he wants to prepare for a specific profession or degree, he can readily transfer to a credit program. The non-credit program could be staffed by the nonacademic personnel from the community. Learning to take responsibility for one's own learning is the central aspect of individual growth and this will be fostered by a policy which allows students to help determine what is relevant to their education. Such a policy will demand institutional reorganization into smaller units, such as cluster colleges. (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 4, 1970