ERIC Number: ED359872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-16
Public Loss of Confidence in the U.S. Government: Implications for Higher Education.
The unsatisfactory status of higher education in the United States has many explanations, such as the declining value of scholarship and academic ethos and the neglect of teaching obligations in favor of research duties. This paper posits another theory for the skepticism toward academic institutions: the general loss of confidence of the American people toward their government. This general feeling of distrust is described in terms of a disease in which the most influential institution, the government, becomes infected first, followed by similar infections to the other institutions. The relationships between the federal government and the academic institutions, between the public and the learning establishments, and the effects of the mass media are discussed, including problems of the professorate and the tension that has developed between teaching and research obligations. The paper concludes with a call to faculty to take advantage of the current change in the political climate and act toward changing the general atmosphere surrounding academia. (Contains 41 references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).