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ERIC Number: ED083002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Pages: 16
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University Research on Problems Posed by Society.
Alpert, Daniel
Concern for changes in the environment in which we live and the need for change within universities to realistically meet the expectations of society are explored in this speech. Education, research, and public service, representing three inseparable aspects of the overall mission of the university, are of foremost consideration. The nature of national objectives for research and development on problems posed by society is assessed, with new and better ways of providing education as one of the goals. This is followed by attention to the structure of the university, asking whether our present form is appropriate for the functions of a modern university. The case is made that we must continue the departmental structure to maintain intellectual leadership in the major fields of human knowledge. But new, flexible organizations or interdisciplinary units are needed which may pursue differenct objectives without subordinating one administrative structure to the other. Lastly, the life style of the faculty is questioned. Is it possible to construct campus mechanisms for developing interdisciplinary capability, encourage faculty members to explore other career opportunities, and bring onto campus people with experience in industry or government who do not have the credentials of an academic professor? (BL)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Special Emerging Programs in Higher Education (1st, St. Louis, Missouri, October 17, 1973)