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ERIC Number: ED100416
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William Rainey Harper, Modern Systems Thinking, and Illinois Master Planning.
Smolich, Robert S.
The Illinois Master Plan-Phase III, which stresses the urgent need for the state to achieve a completely integrated system of higher education through consortia or regional Collegiate Common Markets (CCM), is actually not a new idea, but is in many ways a revitalization of the philosophies espoused by William Rainey Harper at the beginning of the twentieth century. A conceptual model comparing the laissez-faire, or traditional system, with the CCM delivery system is used as a backdrop for comparing Harper's ideas with those concepts utilized in the present system of higher education. Harper recognized the limitations of individualism in education which resulted in wasted resources as each institution attempted to be all things to all men. Instead, Harper envisioned principles such as complementary individualism of institutions, coordinated educational planning, interinstitutional resource sharing, institutional conservation (as opposed to the present Darwinistic system whereby the weak institutions are weeded out), and campus intermigration, to be key guidelines in the ultimate development of higher education. (AH)
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois