OUR ON-THE-SPOT study of students and faculty members in twenty colleges and universities has convinced us that presently there are untapped riches in both the colleges and the students. We have found much more about which to be encouraged than discouraged. There are major forces present on every campus which, if properly mobilized, can offer the student a truly distinctive educational experience.
In our study we have made a special effort to look closely at the framework within which the student gains his education and within which character change may possibly occur. We have observed what takes place in the classroom and the laboratory, in the dormitory and fraternity, in the meeting room and social center. We have talked with the instructor in English and the professor of physics, with the department chairman and the president, with the chaplain and the personnel dean. And we have talked with many students, the senior and the freshman, the leader and the led.
In observing the framework we were aware that much has been said of the diversity in American higher education. Our study, however, leads us to believe that there is much similarity among colleges and students across the nation. We encountered no substantial differences in basic attitudes from one college to another and from one region to another. We came across no major deviations in collegiate form and structure among types of institutions, as, for instance, the church-related college and the state university. What diversity there is, however, is not among the students or within the framework of the college. It is, we conclude, in the depth and the scope of the task which both the college and its students agree to pursue and in the intensity of the pursuit. No