Depression, Recovery and Higher Education: A Report by Committee Y of the American Association of University Professors. The Draft of This Report Was Prepared by Malcolm M. Willey

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CHAPTER XX
THE PROBLEMS IN SUMMARY
THE institutions of higher learning in the United States have survived the depression years. A recovery trend is now evident. During the period when the business curve was plunging downward, faculties, students, and administrators faced perplexing problems involving adjustments of an institutional and a personal nature. The upswing may have changed the character of some of these problems, but it has not eliminated them. They persist, and it is probable that their influence will be felt far into the future.In the preceding chapters the attempt has been made to present the most important of these problems in a systematic manner. No routine summary of the detail is to be introduced here. As each group of data was presented, the movements through the depression years were traced, and the implications were called to special attention. Specific questions pertaining to the immediate data were then raised for discussion. Some of the broader significances inherent in the materials with which the committee worked were also considered.Initial Problems. At this point it may be well to retrace briefly the organization of the topics that have been examined. As a means of expediting the review, the topics will be introduced in this present chapter as groups of questions; these are the questions the committee asked itself as it proceeded in its work. It is the grouping of these questions that dictated the organization of the report.When the first effects of depression began to manifest themselves on the college and university campuses a group of members of the American Association of University Professors recognized the importance of studying the influence of the depression upon higher education as promptly as possible.1 What was happening to higher education and to those engaged in teaching at its institutions? The immediate need was for a survey that would reveal the status of the profession and serve as a basis for protecting it. The initial interest was in such matters as these:
To what extent was the size of college faculties affected by depression circumstances? Were these effects equalized among the several ranks, or were
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See Chap. I of this volume, The Problem and Its Setting.

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