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At a recent panel discussion held at Carnegie Institute of Technology the following remarks were made.

Faculty members of today's universities must not be afraid of innovation and should enjoy the privilege of trying new approaches to education and of being wrong in these attempts to improve old priorities. Universities must give effective education …or be doomed to failure.

From these two remarks one can gain a remarkable insight into transitions which have been creeping into the academic and industrial realms of education.

The first observation is that of the modernization of universities and their often archaic attitudes toward long established and heretofore untouchable areas of education. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is one such entrenched conformity that has stood for decades as the ultimate in scholastic achievement.

Let's face the current situation for what it is. In today's technological implosion, the modern institute of technology no longer conforms to the classical definition. It is no longer solely a cloistered society devoted to the development of mechanical skills and arts, but is today an institution that develops specialized and highly narrowed areas of competency, these fields of specialization being directly proportional to the competency and specialized interests of the active faculty of that institution and/or to the breadth of inquisitiveness of the candidate.

Following the Morrill Land Grant College Bill of July, 1862, the next five decades saw the establishment of some 150 land grant engineering institutions. In all but four of these institutions, engineering was decreed as a part of a unified, four-year curriculum directed not toward professional education but, rather toward professionally oriented general education.

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