The Federal Interest in Higher Education

The Federal Interest in Higher Education

The Federal Interest in Higher Education

The Federal Interest in Higher Education

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This volume deals with a complex set of relationships between the Federal Government, on the one hand, and American higher education, on the other. It is a subject about which there are inevitable differences of opinion, and one that can be viewed from every point on the educational and political compass.

It may be (as one of the readers of this book in manuscript has suggested) that the authors view their subject too much as insiders, from a vantage point too close to the "true north" of bureaucracy. And certainly it should be understood that, while we have both had some experience at the institutional end of the relationship we seek to explore, we have for the past several years been in the Federal Government.

No doubt this fact of personal biography colors our views in some respects. We trust it will be clear to the reader, however, that we have written neither an apologia for Government policies and practices nor an assault upon those of educational institutions. The facts of the relationship between the two do not warrant either.

Indeed we have not undertaken to attack or defend anyone. Rather, our goal in writing this book has been to provoke -- to provoke concern and discussion among those who are parties to the relationship and among those who are deeply affected by it but least aware of it-the public at large. We hope that what we have written will have this effect because we believe that higher education is . . .

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