ERIC Number: ED108547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Feb-20
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education and America's Discontents.
Bowen, Howard R.
America's keen interest in education has derived partly from the practical need for educated manpower, partly from a faith in education as the foundation of a workable democratic society, and partly from the belief that every person should have the chance, and even the obligation, for personal fulfillment through learning. The history of American education is based on the principle that colleges and universities should be readily accessible to successive waves of new students on easy and inviting terms. Despite all this educational effort, our society today seems to be floundering. Today the nation is engaged in a great debate about the future of higher education, especially about the wisdom of expanding it still further to serve new classes of students. The question is whether the historic development of higher education should be resumed. In trying to reach conclusions about the future national policy for higher education, the document first considers the questions: Just what is higher education now contributing to American society and are the results worth what they cost? The document also discusses economic outcomes, outcomes as changes in society derived from changes in individuals, outcomes as changes in society derived directly from higher education, and higher education and the enrichment of lives. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Univ. Women, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at American Association of University Women, Washington, D.C. (Kansas City, Missouri, February 20, 1975)