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ERIC Number: ED050697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-4
Pages: 4
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Open Admission to What?
Schrag, Peter
The question of who should go to college cannot be answered without the issue of disestablishment. Too many people and students are frustrated and blocked because there is no other place to go but college, and the college or university itself is becoming a less inviting place as time goes on. True, some institutions have instituted a policy of open admissions, only to throw half of those admitted out at the end of the first year; and others have instituted Black Studies programs, which are a direct imitation of the nonsense of the traditional curriculum. In the past, university admission was limited to relatively few, and the institution could maintain its mystique as the citadel of humanistic learning and concern. Now that the institutions of higher learning are admitting about half the high school graduates, it has become obvious that the university has always functioned as an agent of the state and of special political interest groups within it and that its elitism has less to do with the higher reaches of thought and culture than it does with the bourgeois aspiration of "making it." If there were really open admissions, then every individual would have to be given access to public support for education and opportunity. It would also mean that the university could not be the only avenue of entry, and that society should support also the education of those who didn't get into college. In addition, the academy must turn back to its central function of making culture manageable and inventing forms of discourse, study, and analysis. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Address presented at the 25th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 4, 1970