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Democratic values, Educational philosophy, Higher education, United States


Information Bulletin / Australian Council for Educational Research ; n.13

Digitised in 2022 from a print copy held by the ACER library


On July 13, 1946, President Truman appointed a number of outstanding American civic and educational leaders to a Presidential Commission on Higher Education, charging them to examine the functions of higher education in the United States of America and the best means to perform these, On December 11th 1947 the chairman of the Commission (George F. Zook) submitted the first volume of the report of the Commission to the President.

The six volumes of the report are all titled "Higher Education for American Democracy" and are, in order: Vol. 1, Establishing the Goals, 2. Equalizing and Expanding Individual Opportunity. 3. Organizing Higher Education, 4. Staffing Higher Education. 5. Financing Higher Education. 6. Resource Data.

This bulletin contains a summary of the most important sections of the first of these -Establishing the Goals. [Introduction, ed]

The Preface finds reason for this survey in the unfulfilled desire and function of higher education to satisfy the increased diversity of needs of an increased number of students, These needs have been accentuated by problems caused by greater technological, social, and scientific complexity, requiring for their understanding and solution new skills, greater maturity, new understandings. [p.1, ed]

Place of Publication

Camberwell, Australia


Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)


English, English

Geographic Subject

United States

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