ERIC Number: ED282463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-17
Reference Count: 0
Innovation and Tradition in Higher Education.
Slaughter, John B.
Challenges facing higher education that require both a reassertion of traditional educational values and innovative approaches to special opportunities are considered. It is suggested that research universities find ways to reestablish the traditional ties across disciplines, to ensure that research in all disciplines contributes to educational excellence and the public good. An education that emphasizes the ability to think, evaluate, and understand ethical and social issues is needed by students. Universities, and expecially research universities, must accept some of the responsibility for the current crises in precollege education since they train the teachers and set standards. Fulfilling the educational mission of turning out civic-minded, well-rounded students should be the domain of both undergraduate and graduate programs. Other issues facing research universities include: problems linked to defense-related research and industry partnerships that provide financial support; the orientation of these partnerships toward short-term results with immediate applications; and long-term research commitments made on the basis of federal funding. The changing demographics of higher education are also addressed. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Chicago.
Note: David D. Henry Lecture at the University of Illinois (10th, Chicago, IL, October 17, 1985).