Winds of Change: The University in Search of Itself


  • Jerome Ziegler Cornelle University


Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Professional Education, University Outreach


This article discusses the role of metropolitan universities with respect to several broad national Issues. These Issues, It Is argued, take precedence over the kinds of local and regional matters that would ordinarily be the subject of university outreach efforts. The conflict between liberal arts and professional education is examined as a constraint on a university's outreach function. The administration of a metropolitan university must make clear its commitment to the mission of outreach. Because it Is a new type of university, It should be able to generate new Imaginative methods and programs of Interaction with the surrounding area.