ERIC Number: ED109956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
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Education and Politics at Harvard.
Lipset, Seymour Martin; Riesman, David
Part I of this document discusses the political controversies in which Harvard University has been embroiled, exploring past and present sources of conflict among the various estates of the university--that is, students, faculty, administrators, and governing boards--as well as the tensions between the university and external authorities. Political, social, and religious developments in the United States and Harvard's rise to preeminence in higher education are examined. Part II gives a personal examination of Harvard College in the late twenties, and from 1958 to the present. It takes up the question of meritocracy, that is, selection based on qualification. Meritocracy was once seen as promoting social equality. Recently, however, it has been attacked by those who see it as perpetuating a system based on racial and sexual discrimination. The effects of this new attitude on Harvard are explored. (Author/KE)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Academic Standards, Administration, Admission Criteria, Educational Development, Educational History, Faculty, Governance, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Political Issues, Racial Attitudes, Religious Factors, School Community Relationship, Social Development, Students
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Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: Carnegie Commission on Higher Education , Berkeley, CA.