ERIC Number: ED200067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep-24
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A Blueprint for the Future of the Southern Association of Land-Grant Colleges and State Universities.
McComas, James D.
Future concerns that member institutions of the Southern Association of Land-Grant Colleges and State Universities share and perspectives on academic leadership for the future are considered. Future concerns include implications of the trend to have an abbreviated university week, a tendency toward larger faculty workloads, the need for financial support to encourage doctoral study in engineering and related sciences, a need to further develop and improve elementary and secondary education, the need for universities to share with local and state governments in the effort to attract high technology and other industries to the South, the challenge of complying with federal legislation regarding racial and sexual discrimination in higher education, the need for universities to gain greater public confidence since legislatures have been increasingly controlling, and the need to find new and creative ways of funding higher education. It is suggested that in the future administrators should be prepared to: derive self-satisfaction from successfully performing job duties to offset the trend of criticism; realize that the positions of president and vice president for academic affairs will become more vulnerable as the reallocation of resources is necessary; experience a shorter period of tenure; counteract the trend of accrediting agencies making demands that are increasingly difficult to meet with today's resources; be more aggressive in recognizing and promoting scholarship among students and faculty; promote basic research as an investment in the future; and develop an approach that stresses the intangibles of a college degree. Appended information includes: the illiteracy rate by state reported by the Southern Regional Education Board; a ranking of southern states according to the percentage of the adult population with less than high school completion, 1974; and grade completion level by region, 1975. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, College Administration, Compliance (Legal), Educational Finance, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Workload, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Industry, Land Grant Universities, Racial Discrimination, School Schedules, Sex Discrimination, State Universities, Student Financial Aid
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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