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ERIC Number: ED187229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-28
Pages: 59
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Way of the Dinosaur: A Systems Analysis of a Teachers University.
Millsap, William
A teachers university in Texas is examined from a systemic/ecological framework of analysis with attention to the forces for growth, nongrowth, and energy loss that are currently constraining the existing system. It is argued that this university system is currently maladapted to its environment and stated goals so that it is likely to evolve into a professional/vocational institution, and that considerable stresses are emerging as the goals of the university come into conflict with the goals of a teachers college. Data are presented that illustrate growth in the numbers of students and college faculty, changes in the composition of the student population (ethnic group representation and age), changes in enrollment by discipline area, and changes in the percentages of college faculty by rank and by earned doctorates. "Teachers University" is currently experiencing difficult change: its former growth rate has tapered and managerial techniques are being applied by an administration that is seeking to move a teachers college into a true university that excels in research and graduate training. It is suggested that the current state of limited growth means limited funds available to accomplish ambitious goals while a majority of its personnel are those who cherish aspirations of an earlier era. The following suggestions are offered: the institution needs to seek a true balance between teaching and research; and greater demands must be made of students--especially in the graduate and professional areas. The sociocultural setting of the university is also described. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas