ERIC Number: ED474159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-13
Higher Education and the Public Interest.
Farquhar, Robin H.
This paper explores the question of whether society needs a more engaged university. "Engaged," in this context, means committed to serve the public interest, to promote the general welfare. The argument is constructed around three main points: (1) the 20th century university has traditionally sought to serve the public interest; (2) in recent years, largely exogenous forces have rendered its efforts to do so ironically counter productive; and (3) many of these forces and the institutional responses to them have shifted faculty, staff, and student orientations away from the public interest. The conclusion is drawn that society needs a less engaged educational institution, but a more engaged university community to recapture effectiveness in serving the public interest. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Salzburg Seminar (Salzburg, Austria, March 2002).