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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta "SUNNY FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 40-45. e LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 1972 I'HICE NOT OVER 10 F01JK SECTIONS 4G PAGES of campuses CALGARY (CD Universities should be gradual- ly broken up and replaced by independent degrec- granting ychuols ami liberal arts colleges, says a re- port commissioned by liio council of ministers of edu- cation of Canada. Tlic report says universities arc research- oriented with professors devoting much of their iimc to specialized knowledge that students cannot absorb. "Therefore the majority of students receive a potentially inexpensive education within an expen- sive system." A seven man committee headed by Dr. Stephen Peitchinis, an economics professor at the University of Calgary, wrote the report after a year of investi- gating the financing of post secondary education. The reports suggested literal arts colleges offer three-year programs and the first and second years o( four-year programs. The schools would offer degrees in economics, den- ial hygiene and other applied fields. Universities have become detached from the com- munity and students they are supposed to serve, the! report said, and have acquired "all the undesirable characteristics of big business and big government." A large number of students drift into universities not because they want to be there but "for lack of suitable education alternatives which do not require p-ior commitment to a program." Counselling poor Rome of aimlessncss is tlie result of inadequate and "frequently misleading" counselling at high schools but much of the problem could bo solved hy liberal arts colleges ami specialized schools. Such institutions would also result in more effec- tive cost accounting and in programs being developed as a direct result of social and market influences. Duplication could he avoided with (he henefits of lower cost and increased "specialization within regions, particularly in graduate studies