ERIC Number: ED196379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
To Be or Not To Be. The First Earl V. Pullias Lecture in Higher and Postsecondary Education, 1979.
Changes that have occurred in higher education in the last 20 years are briefly sketched and the present state of financial difficulty being experienced by all the institutions as well as possible solutions are considered. Two major factors driving costs upward for higher education have been inflation and government regulations. Assets of higher education include modern facilities that were built in the last decade or two, an upgraded faculty, dedicated Boards of Trustees, alumni that contribute generously, and financial support from business and industry. Liabilities for private institutions over the next decade will be financing if present conditions continue, the relatively large number of research personnel on federal funds, the very conservative stance of departments and their faculties, and the large number of foreign students in American universities. Possible solutions include emphasizing adult education and adjusting to the needs of working adults. To assist middle-income families in financing their children's higher education, possible solutions are the formation of a tuition insurance corporation by a consortium of universities and better cooperation and integration among community colleges and professional and graduate schools. Commentary by Earl V. Pullias is included. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Dept. of Higher Education.