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ERIC Number: ED462881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 11
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The Social Function of the University.
Munoz, Marco A.
This paper explores the service function in U.S. institutions of higher education, focusing on a comparison of the social function of the university as discussed in two classics about the U.S. university: Robert Maynard Hutchins'"The Higher Learning in America" and Clark Kerr's "The Uses of the University." In conclusion, the paper introduces the ideas of Ernest Boyer and the authors own convictions about the topic and its implications for Latin American countries. The paper expresses agreement with Hutchins' argument against the university as a service-station and in his assertion that the university can become an important social conscience. Hutchins' ideas about the political manipulation of universities is especially pertinent to Latin American countries where political control has impeded the reform of higher education. The paper also agrees with Kerr when he states that the university should not be afraid of becoming more involved in service of the society. The paper agrees with Ernest Boyer, in Scholarship Reconsidered, that the version of service that once energized U.S. campuses must be given a new legitimacy, and that the mission of scholarship that lies in application must be realized. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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