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Presented in this book is a regent's view of both the dramatic events and the daily operations of the University of New Mexico from 1960 to 1981. l chose these two themes—dramatic events and daily operations—to give a total picture of the University. These themes reveal both the turmoil and the tranquility of the University and, in turn, enable several important issues to emerge.

First, during a period of turmoil it is most important that the principles of a university be understood in order that reason prevail. During the Sixties and Seventies, the University on various occasions became embroiled in controversy both on and off campus. Each time this happened it was a result of failure of the people involved with the University to under­ stand its purpose, in particular the need to respect academic freedom.

The second theme is that the countless acts of its daily opera­tion set the tone for how effective the University is as an institution of higher learning. How the University deals with people and their problems has never received the serious attention the question deserves. It is a myth that the University is a place of quiet reflection detached from society's troubles. Its 22,000 stu­dents, 1,150 faculty members, and a staff of 4,000 make the University a microcosm of the conflicting expectations and aspi­rations within our society. Meshing all these divergent aims is perhaps more difficult in a university than in almost any other organization because of the primacy given to academic free­dom.



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The University in Turmoil: Crisis Decades at the University of New Mexico

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