ERIC Number: ED146964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The State of Higher Education--1976.
Marsee, Stuart E.
Lax grading standards, declining test scores, opposition to collective bargaining legislation, the trend toward job-related majors, the end of the open admissions policy at the City University of New York--these and other issues recently appearing in the news media reflect a loss of public confidence in the value of higher education. This loss of confidence constitutes a break with the most fundamental of American values, the belief in the path of upward mobility through education. Young people have been sold the idea that the value of higher education is principally an economic one. They need an explanation of the true values of the education experience: higher intellectual development, occupational and professional training, the development of research capability and objective inquiry, and the cultivation of the questioning mind and a breadth of spirit. Educators cannot be complacent as confidence in universal education declines and access to higher education diminishes. They must retain and regenerate their beliefs in their own abilities as educators, and guard against weaknesses in the profession that give legitimate cause to questions about its professionalism. (RT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: El Camino Coll., Torrance, CA.