ERIC Number: ED050692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-16
Reference Count: 0
Open Admissions and Programs for the Disadvantaged.
Astin, Alexander W.
The point of view is taken that the issues of open admissions and programs for the disadvantaged can only be resolved if careful consideration is given to the desired objectives of the higher educational system: i.e., should we strive for outcomes that are egalitarian, elitist, remedial or what, and to the long-term implications of these various types of objectives for society. It is also important to recognize that whatever these objectives may be, the existing hierarchical arrangement of higher education institutions may not be the most effective means for achieving these objectives. The paper also raises questions about the relevance of current grading practices, and suggests replacing this system with some other form of assessment that will reveal changes in the students' performance. In addition, an argument is made for greater flexibility in the matter of credits and certification of students. These points are discussed within the general framework of this paper, which also deals with the effects of selectivity as presently practiced, the possibility of racial quotas, and the arguments against open admissions. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Address presented at the 26th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 16, 1971