ERIC Number: ED247823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-15
The Post-Industrial University: New Structures for New Missions.
Lynton, Ernest A.
New and continuing missions for the modern university are discussed. "Multiuniversities" are viewed as institutions with multiple purposes that have retained the basic university organization. The main response of multiuniversities to demands for cross-disciplinary activities has been the creation of relatively small centers and institutes each involved in some multidisciplinary research and/or outreach activity. It is proposed that a new structure for the university is needed to meet new missions. The following demands of universities are considered: technology and knowledge diffusion and professional preparation/continuing education. Adaptations are also suggested for all professions, including more relation of theory to practice, and more breadth in the curriculum. The problems inherent in the current tradition of disciplinary rather than multidisciplinary faculty activity are identified. It is recommended that a two-dimensional structure within the institution be instituted rather than the current one-dimensional structure. This change would involve a dual flow of resources: (1) allocations made to deans and then to disciplinary departments, and (2) resources available to fund cross-disciplinary activities and outreach. Different personnel channels are also recommended. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Higher Education, sponsored by the American Association for Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 14-17, 1984).