ERIC Number: ED381077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-19
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Higher Education and Obligations to the Future.
In his inaugural address as president of Indiana University, Brand emphasized the importance of higher education for nurturing of future achievement. In opening this subject he recalled the pioneers who founded the university 175 years earlier and their efforts for the future in establishing the institution. Moving on, Brand addressed the current American culture which, he argued, focuses on transient goals in retreat from social obligations to the future. He cited examples from estate planning, changes in philanthropy and volunteerism, and disinvestment in education. He then looked at historical trends in higher education arguing that the attitudes and values that have led many to turn their backs on the needs of future generations are atypical in the nation's and Indiana's history. Addressing the needs of the next generation for higher education, he described the many pressures facing current and future generations such as economic difficulties for families, technological change, and increasing global economics. He stressed the need to awaken students to humanistic and intrinsic values. In a final section on creating the future, Brand pledged to work to make Indiana University "America's New Public University." (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Presidents, College Role, Community Role, Economic Factors, Educational Needs, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Relevance (Education), Social Change, Social Environment, State Universities
Indiana University, President's Office, Bryan Hall 200, Bloomington, IN 47405.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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