Front Page Titles (by Subject) Regulation vs. Academic Autonomy - Literature of Liberty, October/December 1978, vol. 1, No. 4
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Literature of Liberty: A Review of Contemporary Liberal Thought was published first by the Cato Institute (1978-1979) and later by the Institute for Humane Studies (1980-1982) under the editorial direction of Leonard P. Liggio.
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Regulation vs. Academic Autonomy
“An End to Autonomy: Who Pulls the Strings?” Change 10 (1978): 28–34, 62.
The question now confronting government-university relationships is whether government funding inevitably entails government intervention. Rosenzweig notes that “virtually the whole range of public regulatory activities now bears on the university.” The result has been a growth in internal bureaucracy. Still, activities in the classroom, laboratories, and even admission committees have not been subject to much direct government regulation.
Particular problems, however, have developed for medical schools in their relations with the government. One example concerns American students, enrolled in foreign medical schools, who then seek to transfer to American schools. Efforts to increase the number of such transfers threatened loss of federal capitation grants unless the schools changed their normal admission requirements. After a confrontation within Congress over this issue, a very moderate resolution emerged that did not compromise admission requirements. After a confrontation within Congress over this issue, a very moderate resolution emerged that did not compromise admission requirements. Still the threat of government control left many medical school administrators shaken.
Another recent issue of government intervention concerns regulations directed toward the conducting of research on recombinant DNA. The author states: “What is at stake is not simply the means by which an important but still narrow line of research will be regulated, but almost certainly the way in which biomedical research generally will be dealt with.” The author points to the inappropriate nature of a democratic solution to this problem.
Such problems are the forerunner of similar, broader problems which other segments of the university community may soon encounter.