ERIC Number: ED050654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
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Should Everyone Be Able to Go to College?
The question "should everybody be able to go to college," is one of the most important and explosive questions before higher education. This paper: (1) sketches several approaches to admittance - including the guild approach of Oxford and Cambridge, admittance based on manpower requirements - as in the U.S.S.R., the selective access approach, universal access, and universal attendance; (2) discusses why the universal access approach is currently chosen in the United States; (3) reviews some of the implications of universal access, such as vast numbers of new students, rising costs, and the need for coordination by public agencies; and (4) examines the positive and undesirable consequences of universal access. Some advantages are: expansion of educational opportunity and a contribution to the quality of the economy and to peoples' lives. Some negative aspects are: (1) a continuing battle over money; (2) loss of autonomy for the individual campus; (3) the probable movement toward meritocracy; (4) an increasing danger of collision between higher education and the surrounding community; (5) increasing pressure for universal attendance; (6) a surplus of highly educated people; (7) an increase in the number of people who are in "the period of youth," a time when they are no longer part of their original family, and yet without a family of their own; and (8) the tendencies of campuses to grow disproportionately larger. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu.
Note: Address presented at the First Interim Session, University of Hawaii, January, 1970