ERIC Number: ED145760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Private College Effort: Better, Different, or What?
Benezet, Louis T.
At present most private colleges are pricing themselves out of the market, and are asking for public aid to survive as the independent sector of higher education. Private higher education should be seen as important to the United States for educational reasons rather than for reasons of preserving institutions. The educational reasons should be identified, for they will form the basis; for public funding policy. It ought to be supported not because of noble traditions but because properly guided it can help all forms of higher education become better. The three kinds of alleged private college privilege that are criticized as making an institution less eligible for public funds are: (1) elite advantages; (2) service to special groups; and (3) freedom from arbitrary controls. The significance of private higher education for public policy may be that a private college pursues its admittedly privileged role not only to succeed for itself but to demonstrate what could be done by other colleges. Other learning communities are the potential beneficiaries of this effort. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a conference on the role of independent higher education in public policy, sponsored by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education and the University of Michigan's Center for the Study of Higher Education. (Ann Arbor, May 1977)