ERIC Number: ED118533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: 0
Forces Affecting Program Development in Higher Education: Is Anyone Driving? Occasional Paper No. 11.
Higher education now faces problems which inhibit it from planning major new programs for the future. The two most serious problems are crises in funding aggravated by dwindling enrollments and lack of continuity in leadership. Teacher education programs are often spared from being cut--some have been expanded--because they are cheap to run, but interests of budget and cost efficiency preclude innovations. In terms of leadership, individual private interest, examplified by faculty collective bargaining, often ignores larger issues. College administrator turnover is rapid, partly because the jobs are so demanding and frustrating. This too diminishes long-term cooperative planning. A swing to conservatism in American politics has influenced education. People seem ready for a return to the 3 Rs; other aspects of traditional universities will survive as well, while the rest will rely mostly on field experiences and emphasize real skills as opposed to titles and credentials. Those seriously interested in progressive education should work together to prevent a chaotic, unplanned, and undesirable educational future. (CD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational and Technical Education.