ERIC Number: ED277020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Humanities Leadership: Where for the Rest of the 1980's?
Gale, Steven H.
Three major, interrelated areas will be of concern to the humanities in higher education for at least the rest of this decade: economics, the student population, and teachers' professional image. Crises in the national economic situation will continue to have an impact on the humanities in the form of public disinterest and a lack of funding by private organizations. To face these obstacles, administrators must make do with available financial resources while seeking new sources of support. In response to declining enrollments due to general economic conditions and rising tuition costs, administrators must advocate maintaining high academic standards and must focus on meeting the needs of the substantial number of older students. The public's perception that teachers are not as valuable as they once were has resulted in a decrease in the funds available to educators in general, the demoralization of many faculties, and increased antipathy among disciplines. Administrators can improve the prospects for the humanities in the next decade by developing a strong, professional faculty and a high quality of education for students. In practical terms, they must make sure that everyday activities run as smoothly, efficiently, and equitably as possible, and they should set an example of strong leadership for both faculty and students. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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