ERIC Number: ED401837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct-24
The Public University for the Twenty-First Century: Beyond the Land Grant. David Dodds Henry Lecture (16th, Chicago, Illinois, October 24, 1994).
Massey, Walter E.
American universities have successfully contributed to the economic, social and technological development of the United States, educating students of diverse backgrounds and combining the teaching of graduates and undergraduates. American universities need to find ways to realistically respond to increased public expectations and continue to develop in the future. Before World War II, institutions of higher education were more differentiated in mission, with teachers' colleges, land grant universities aimed at training engineers, state universities, and a few research universities with a focus on the education of future scholars. The post-war model of the university as primarily a research institution supported by federal funding is now being challenged, as public resources for support decline. Universities of the future will need to differentiate and specialize, to cooperate, and to share resources with other institutions. The successful public university will be an active participant in issues important to its surrounding community; technology will be used to promote interaction across all sectors and to make information easily accessible; learners will be accommodated through a variety of innovations; and the ethnic diversity of the United States will be reflected in the composition of faculty, staff and students. (PRW)
Descriptors: Educational History, Financial Support, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Institutional Role, Land Grant Universities, Public Colleges, Public Education, Research Universities, Role of Education, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Study, Universities
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois Univ., Chicago.
Authoring Institution: N/A