ERIC Number: ED055768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Universities and Environmental Quality--Commitment to Problem Focused Education. A Report to The President's Environmental Quality Council.
Steinhart, John S.; Cherniack, Stacie
This report is based on a study of a few of the multidisciplinary enviromental programs in over 30 universities. The study was undertaken to discover what kind of programs have been tried, which ones have been successful, and how the federal government might encourage effective interdisciplinary problem-focused programs. The report reviews the problems that universities encounter in organizing interdisciplinary environmental programs and recommends that the universities develop new administrative structures responsive to the complex nature of environmental problems. Two features are considered essential for problem-focused programs to be successful: (1) substantial or complete control of the faculty reward structure; and (2) freedom to be innovative in introducing course material, educational programs, work study programs, and curriculum requirements for degrees. The study indicates that federal funds being expended at universities for environmental problems do not encourage problem-focused multidisciplinary education and may even discourage such programs. A separate report included as an appendix, Federal Administration and Support of University Interdisciplinary Research, reviews the history of federal funding of interdisciplinary programs. (PR)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, College Programs, Educational Needs, Environment, Environmental Education, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Organization, Surveys, Universities
Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($0.70)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Science and Technology, Washington, DC.