ERIC Number: ED208766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-May-5
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening Liberal Learning: An Opportunity for Corporate Philanthropy.
Curtis, Mark H., Ed.
Prospects for corporate philanthropy in the 1980s and specifically the possibilities for enhanced interest in liberal education were addressed in a panel discussion by John R. Haire of the Council for Financial Aid to Education, Robert L. Payton of Exxon Education Foundation, Virginia B. Smith of Vassar College, and panel moderator Mark H. Curtis of the Association of American Colleges. Important issues for the 1980s are identified as the overall condition of the economy and the change in government funding and its implications for corporations and foundations. It is suggested that the business corporation may not be the main solution to funding needs for higher education, since, historically, endowed foundations and individuals have made a significant contribution. An approach emphasizing the three sources of funds may be helpful, and tax policies that affect foundations are an important consideration. With respect to support of liberal learning, it is suggested that education that helps an individual understand values of society and the heritage of the past has been receiving little attention in comparision to highly technical and specialized areas of education. It is claimed that corporations that seek employees with very narrow and specialized training do not find over time the flexibility and interpersonal skills needed for management responsibilities, and that business members also are very concerned about the sense of values of the individuals they employ. It is advocated that values and responsibilities accompanying freedom and rights should be addressed by educational institutions. A program of support from foundations and corporations to be used for small incentive grants to member institutions for projects to improve liberal learning has been sponsored by the Association of American Colleges. (SW)
Descriptors: Decision Making Skills, Economic Factors, Educational Benefits, Employment Potential, Endowment Funds, Federal Aid, Higher Education, Industry, Interpersonal Competence, Liberal Arts, Moral Development, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, School Business Relationship, Values
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
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Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.