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ERIC Number: ED219054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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On the Uses of Adversity in Higher Education. ASHE Annual Meeting 1982 Paper.
Wildavsky, Aaron
Ways that colleges and universities might respond to a period of fiscal problems are addressed. It is suggested that larger trends must be examined to understand the present situation that bureaucracy and expertise are on the defensive, and that major integrated institutions--churches, parties, unions--are in decline. It is shown that there is now an opportunity to improve relationships between the college administration and faculty: financial problems may promote the formation of joint faculty administrative units and restructuring of administrator-faculty relationships. A possible solution to the problem of too expensive medical schools might be to act while fiscal stringency is severe to change the programs that could be discontinued or reduced. Professional schools could also benefit from policy analysis; they are very effective, but are also very costly. That is, the schools have high status in the universities and with employers, but the price per pupil is comparatively high. The problem is that across the spectrum of professional schools many of them are not good enough to be in universities, and they do not provide good enough professional training to serve external clientele. It is claimed that schools of criminology, welfare, and education are in trouble. An option is for the university to establish a general school of advanced and applied social sciences. It is recommended that schools of education be restructured as centers of learning about learning and that they should be more involved in measuring learning in various courses. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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