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ERIC Number: ED060833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Pages: 14
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Planning Qualitative Disruption--A Critique of the Inferior Unrest Our Campuses Promote.
Birenbaum, William M.
The purpose of this speech is to review the causes of campus unrest and to make recommendations for revisions in American higher education institutions. In an age when knowledge is power, American higher education has not made knowledge as freely available or as usable as is necessary. Further, campus governance has permitted and supported great inequalities--untenured faculty have little or no say in policy decisions and curriculum revision and the self-interest of faculty has led to poorer quality education as demonstrated when the least experienced faculty teach the largest freshmen classes. The result is a gap between the teachers and the taught. Another factor contributing to the distrust of higher education by youth is the unreality of the campus; the students' experiences and knowledge--especially of minority and poverty students--are ignored by faculty. Campuses continue to be segregated from urban problems at a time when the idea of creating isolated campuses is no longer tenable. In a section titled "Planned Unequal Opportunities," the author criticizes community college vocational programs and suggests that educationally deprived students may need more liberal education courses if they are to have equal opportunities in this country. Eight specific recommendations for change are included. (LP)
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Note: Speech presented to the Sixth Annual Conference for Community College Presidents held at Charlotte, North Carolina and sponsored by the Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte, and the State Board of Education, July 25-28, 1971