ERIC Number: ED048823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jan-15
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Preliminary Findings from National Surveys of American Higher Education.
Trow, Martin A.
This report is based on surveys that were conducted to determine the views and characteristics of persons actively involved in the life and work of American colleges and universities. The data was obtained from more than 60,000 college and university teachers, over 30,000 graduate students, and more than 70,000 undergraduates in 300 representative institutions. The surveys dealt with the following areas: (1) student and faculty evaluation of and attitudes toward the campus; (2) ways of improving undergraduate education; (3) political attitudes and attitudes toward disruption; and (4) governance and student participation in decisionmaking. Some of the findings were: (1) there was strong agreement among the 3 groups that disruption by activists was inimical to academic freedom and the educational process; (2) there was strong demand among students for greater participation in decisionmaking; (3) there was agreement that social change should be accomplished through the democratic process; (4) there were significant differences in attitudes held by younger and older faculty members and by faculty members in different disciplines; and (5) the existence of great diversity in American higher education. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Carnegie Commission on the Future of Higher Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: Report to the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, January 15, 1971