Universities and the Government

Archive Report

Influence of Government on Universities

What might be termed a marriage of convenience between higher education and the federal government has created problems for both that were not foreseen when the alliance was formed a quarter-century ago. Much of the current student unrest, as well as less sensational but equally serious distress among educators and scholars, can be laid in large part to changes in the academic world generated by growing government involvement with higher education. Earlier fears that federal aid would result in direct intervention have long since been allayed. But there is considerable apprehension over pervasive if unintended effects of the numerous government-sponsored programs affecting the nation's colleges and universities.

Warnings that higher education was being deflected from its primary functions have been sounded ...

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