ERIC Number: ED129381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Responding to the New Spirit of Learning.
Gleazer, Edmund J., Jr.
Wholesome and promising change is occurring in American education, with interest in adult educational opportunities expanding in impressive proportions. Yet a kind of riptide exists between the interest in lifelong learning and the apparently limited financial resources available for conventional education for transitional students. On what basis should priorities be set? How should public resources be deployed? Agreement is needed on a sense of direction for education. The goal that every individual should have the opportunity for appropriate education up to the limits of his or her potential should be re-examined to determine whether it should be amended or modified. Assessments of community educational needs, with broad involvement of the citizenry, would aid in the goal clarification process. Studies are needed that would result in: (1) a better and wider understanding of the rapidly changing characteristics of educational consumers; (2) an awareness of the diversity of institutions; (3) a statement of goals and perspectives; (4) a proposed policy framework to encourage desirable diversity and institutional initiative and adaptability; (5) alternative ways of demonstrating accountability; (6) encouragement of voluntary cooperation among institutions with common interests. America has unusual opportunities to build an education system more and more interfused with life's other meaningful activities. (Author/JDS)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Opportunities, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, One DuPont Circle, N. W., Suite 410, Washington, D. C. 20036 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Address presented at the National Assembly of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, (Denver, Colorado, January 26-27, 1976)