Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research

  • John C. Smart
  • William G. Tierney

Part of the Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research book series (HATR, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Patricia J. Gumport, Brian Pusser
    Pages 146-200
  3. Jennifer B. Presley, David W. Leslie
    Pages 201-239
  4. Rita K. Bode, Benjamin D. Wright
    Pages 287-316
  5. David H. Wilder, Hugh F. Mc Keegan
    Pages 317-366
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 469-499

About this book


To recapitulate, Greeks differ from Independents and from the academy's value priorities, but for the most part these differences derive from antecedent charac­ teristics. Moreover, there are some grounds for speculating that these anteced­ ent differences reflect fundamental temperamental differences (extraversion and gregariousness mediated by social interaction, as opposed to interaction through ideas). Only to a limited degree does the Greek "system" appear to adversely affect the acquisition and assimilation of the academy's value priori­ ties; i.e., students as a whole, Greek and Independent alike, appear to become more independent, liberal, socially concerned, and culturally sophisticated by graduation. However, the Greek system's effect on the behavior of Greeks is more trou­ bling, an effect largely mediated by the use and abuse of alcohol and the relative absence of direct institutional supervision. Assuming the retention of the Greek system, then, the promotion of the acad­ emy's agenda appears dependent on (a) an understanding and accommodation of the personal characteristics of Greeks, using appropriate pedagogical meth­ ods to advance the academy's educational objectives, and (b) both educational and administrative/regulatory efforts to control the use and abuse of alcohol. With or without the Greek system, the advancement of the academy's agenda involves these considerations, since the characteristics of students as a whole encompass the characteristics emphasized among Greeks.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John C. Smart
    • 1
  • William G. Tierney
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MemphisUSA
  2. 2.University of Southern CaliforniaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-87586-126-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3955-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0882-4126
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