ERIC Number: ED362111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-4
Reference Count: N/A
(R)evolution in American Higher Education. David Dodds Henry Lecture (14th, Chicago, Illinois, December 4, 1992).
Langenberg, Donald N.
In this lecture, one of a series given annually at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the chancellor of the University of Maryland System said that a revolution is underway in American higher education. This revolution is tied to major transformations in society at large to which higher education must respond. The most pressing symptom of the revolution is the unprecedented financial stress among colleges and universities which will not change with an improved economy due to fundamental structural difficulties in the economy and in its public-sector component. Other changes and challenges facing higher education are the steady change in the demographic, socioeconomic, and political character of the American people; the conversion to a knowledge-based economy; and the consequences of the convergence of computer and telecommunication technologies in new information technologies. Education has become too important to be left to educators. University of Maryland responses to these conditions include the following: (1) enhancement of undergraduate education; (2) development and institutionalization of permanent performance enhancement mechanisms; (3) making quality preeminent; (4) exploration of the application of Total Quality Management; and (5) application of modern information technology to academic and administrative functions. Also included are the texts of the opening "welcome" given by UIC president Stanley O. Ikenberry and the introductory remarks of UIC's chancellor, James J. Stukel, and of questions and discussion that followed the lecture. (JB)
Descriptors: Demography, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Financial Exigency, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Information Technology, Retrenchment, Student Characteristics, Total Quality Management, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Sponsor: Illinois Univ., Chicago.
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