ERIC Number: ED046359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Academic Change and Counter-Change.
Ness, Frederick W.
There exists today a wider gulf than ever before between higher education and the public it is designed to serve and this gulf is widening. Public support for higher education is decreasing at a time when the cry for universal higher education has been taken up by the public and university community alike. One of the major causes for this widening rift is that for too long some basic premises of higher education have remained unexamined. These include the premise: (1) that voluntary accreditation is necessary and that it should be controlled by the institutions being accredited; (2) that this country needs a dual-track system of higher education; (3) that the university has no accountability to the public as to its efficiency and effectiveness; and (4) that there are certain educational verities such as the value of liberal arts, boundless academic freedom, and ever increasing needs for more space and more buildings. A new political synthesis is needed, a social contract in which university and college goals are defined through a process of political accommodation to the conflicting wishes of their varied constituencies. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Western Coll. Association, Oakland, CA.
Note: Address delivered at the annual meeting of the Western College Association, Palo Alto, California, March 5-6, 1970