|Title:||Higher Education In The Metropolitan Environment
|Author(s):||Fretwell, E. K.
|Subject(s):||Libraries and metropolitan areas
|Abstract:||Other papers prepared for this significant conference on the
"Changing Environment for Library Services in Metropolitan Areas"
do an admirable job of describing the population characteristics of
our large urban centers, and of delineating changes in the social
structure, employment patterns, and public school systems. All of
these, appropriately, relate directly or indirectly to the vital role of
libraries and librarians in the perplexing yet exciting setting which
the great metropolitan centers of our country represent.
It is my privilege as a university dean in the central office of
The City University of New York to participate in the administration
of a publicly supported multi-campus institution with some 142,000
students, most of them full-time students in tuition-free programs
at the undergraduate level. During the past few years our well-known
and traditionally liberal arts-centered colleges (City, Hunter, Brooklyn,
and Queens) have been joined by a Graduate Center which awarded
our first Ph.D. degrees last spring, by a baccalaureate degree -
granting College of Police Science, and by six two-year community
colleges, offering both transfer as well as job-related career programs.
From this vantage point some call it a precarious perch I
am made aware daily of the unique role of the urban higher institution
today: what ought to be done, the pitfalls and road-blocks, and the
possibilities of success.
I would like to offer some introductory comments on the role
of urban higher education (I shall use the term metroversity) and then
pose three major questions:
A. What are the expanding roles which urban-based higher education
institutions are seeking to fill ?
B. What steps may be taken to accelerate change and provide
innovation toward achieving these roles?
C. What implications are there for libraries and librarians related
to metropolitan colleges and universities?
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In H.Goldstein, ed. 1965. The changing environment for library services in the metropolitan area; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, October 31-November 3, 1965. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 76-86.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (12th : 1965)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1965.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16