ERIC Number: ED108562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Bring Your Own Bag. A Report on Free Universities.
This document has four parts. Part 1 defines free universities, describes the origins of the free universities of the 70's, breaks down current free universities into three kinds, and ends with a chapter on teacher-learning processes. Part 2 contains quantitative information - numbers, age, location, enrollments, and funding. Part 3 lists what free universities do and describes the curricula of 67 free universities. Part 4 is a handbook for people who are planning or just beginning to set up a free university in their own area. Some major findings in this document are: (1) free universities developed to meet the needs neglected by more traditional universities; (2) there are three broad kinds of free universities -- those that act like community centers to match peoples' common interests and resources, those that start out in acute reaction to surrounding educational and political conditions, and those that gradually work to change the educational environment while also responding to needs for additional community services; (3) free universities take on the characteristics of other universities as they become older; and (4) free universities surveyed can be characterized as having little growth, being locally inspired, and having low visibility learning arrangements in which needs take precedence over requirements. (Author/KE)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Experimental Colleges, Financial Support, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Open Plan Schools, Statistics, Tables (Data), Universities
American Association for Higher Education, 1 Dupont Circle, Suite 740, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($4.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hazen Foundation, New Haven, CT.
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.