ERIC Number: ED234735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Beyond the Ivory Tower. Social Responsibilities of the Modern University.
The university's many social and ethical responsibilities are examined in this book by the president of Harvard University. After a discussion of the traditional values of academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and political neutrality, ways that the university's desire for autonomy can be reconciled with the legitimate demands of state and society are suggested. Proposals are offered for using the university's academic resources to address the specific problems of racial inequality, the decline of ethical standards, the need for technological innovation, the risks of scientific research, and the desire for economic development in the Third World. Sugggestions that the university attack social injustice through such nonacademic means as voting stock, boycotting companies, and taking formal stands on controversial issues are assessed. The ramifications of each side of these issues are considered, and solutions are suggested that allow the university to serve society while continuing its primary mission of teaching and research. The book is divided into three main sections: Basic Academic Values; Academic Responses to Social Problems; and Addressing Social Problems by Nonacademic Means. (LB)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Access to Education, College Role, Developing Nations, Educational Responsibility, Equal Education, Ethics, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Moral Development, Public Policy, Racial Relations, School Community Relationship, Social Responsibility, Student Development, Technical Assistance, Technological Advancement
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA 02168 ($15.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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