ERIC Number: ED075003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The General Public Views the University: A Report of Community Interviews.
Jameson, Barbara; And Others
In 1972 the University-Urban Interface Program (UUIP) of the University of Pittsburgh, a community service project, conducted 60 interviews with people living in the Pittsburgh area. These interviews focused upon the expectations people have of the university, how they get information about the university, and how they perceive the channels of communication between the university and the community. Although each of the segments of the general public stressed different news media as their source of general and university news, all of the groups made great use of television as a source of general news. It was also found that the general public are divided in their opinions as to the roles a university should play. Most of the respondents had a rather vague idea as to what is possible in terms of the contributions a university can make to society. It is concluded that if the community at large is to be asked to support the university, the community will have to be given a much broader understanding of the various possible roles a university might play. In addition, the community will also have to be made aware of what the ramifications are if the university assumes added roles or chooses not to become involved in some areas of endeavor. (Author/HS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Higher Education Research.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. University Urban Interface Program.