ERIC Number: ED256194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Social and Economic Trends: 1985-2000. Commission Report 84-30.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Major social and economic trends in American and California life that will affect California's colleges and universities during the next 15 years are identified. Characteristics of the information-based economy are examined, along with projections concerning the 40 fastest-growing jobs between 1982 and 1995. College and university research has provided the scientific bases for technological advancement and improvements in communications, transportation, and production. Attention is directed to: private funding of higher education, continued economic growth in the United States, the federal deficit, balancing imports and exports, increased conservation of resources, present and projected sources of energy, and demographic and social trends. Social trends in the country include increasingly open lifestyles, less permanent family associations, greater personal anxiety, and a desire for instant gratification. The effects of these trends and demographic changes on postsecondary education include greater vocationalism and corporate involvement, increased emphasis on business and technology, a de-emphasis on the liberal arts and humanities, the relative growth of the public sector, and a larger number of transient students taking part-time programs. (SW)
Descriptors: College Role, Conservation (Environment), Economic Change, Education Work Relationship, Employment Opportunities, Energy, Exports, Futures (of Society), International Trade, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Social Change, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California; United States