ERIC Number: ED443332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Tides and Trends in Higher Education.
This paper examines changes in American higher education, using the metaphor of ocean tides. The tides of change in the 1980s included public demands for assessment and accountability; fairness and credibility in advantages and benefits; improved quality of education; effectiveness and efficiency; assurance that college graduates were personally effective and outstanding participants in society; and improved quality of life. American colleges and universities continually struggled in the undertow of national tides to deal with unexpected shifts in areas such as cultural pluralism; rising costs of higher education; loss of public support for and understanding of education; and changing roles of teachers. Changes in the shorelines of higher education include the aging of the professoriate; aging physical facilities; older, part-time students; pluralistic student populations; declining basic learning skills; and diverse learning habits, motives, and values. The monograph offers the hope that national optimism and confidence in the 21st century will be restored by the flood tides of the 1990s, including the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America; continuing technological and cultural change; international cooperation within a global economy; internationalization of undergraduate curricula; and planning and preparing for the 21st century. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Age Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Student), Educational Change, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Public Opinion, Public Support, Science and Society, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Competencies, Values
Institute of Higher Education, Candler Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602; Tel: 404-542-3464.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Inst. of Higher Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Fall Conference of the Jackson State University (Mississippi, August 19, 1991).