ERIC Number: ED297699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-5
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education and Technology--The Challenge We Face in the 1980s.
Senese, Donald J.
America is shifting from an industrial age to a technological age and the computer has an expanding role in our everyday lives. The key to the expansion of education over the coming decades will be the computer, which, in every kind of setting from schools to the home to the library to the community, will enhance individualized instruction. This will present challenges not only in our own country, but in the international arena as well. When faced with such challenges this nation will turn to higher education for practical solutions. In accordance with the Reagan Administration's desire to promote less federal control and more state, local, and institutional autonomy in education, there will be no massive federal aid program to provide software and/or hardware for universities, although currently funded programs--student loans and grants for innovative projects from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)--will help higher education to participate in the technology revolution. The specific contributions of higher education might be: (l) research that assists business and industry to advance the technological frontier; (2) education and training of scientific and technical manpower needed by business and industry; (3) preparation of all citizens to live in a technological society in which decisions are increasingly based on scientific and technological considerations; and (4) research on how best to use technology to advance education at all levels. The advantages of electronic learning can give greater access to education and more extensive educational opportunities, and enhance the relationship between teachers and students. A great educational system can further expand by developing a more knowledgeable population and informed worker and consumer. An expanded and better educated population can assist American productivity at home and American leadership in the world. (DJR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at Loyola University (Chicago, IL, April 5, 1984).