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University of Kansas: A History

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Here is a through assessment of the development of the University of Kansas during its first century. Clifford S. Griffin traces the University from little more than a high school or preparatory school to a college, and then to a major institution. No mere chronicle of the University's triumphs and progress, this book gives equal attention to the many disappointments and frustrations over the years. Griffin concerns himself not only with the physical growth of the institution, but with the nature of the ...

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Overview

Here is a through assessment of the development of the University of Kansas during its first century. Clifford S. Griffin traces the University from little more than a high school or preparatory school to a college, and then to a major institution. No mere chronicle of the University's triumphs and progress, this book gives equal attention to the many disappointments and frustrations over the years. Griffin concerns himself not only with the physical growth of the institution, but with the nature of the University's goals and character as well.

From John Fraser to W. Clarke Wescoe, each Chancellor of the University of Kansas faced unique problems in shaping the destiny of the ever-expanding institution. They struggled with the perils of an unstable economy, enrollment crises, departmentalization, disagreements with faculty and regents, disputes over open admission and the importance of scholarly research, demands for higher salaries and alteration of the curriculum, and even grasshopper plagues. Each administration competed for legislative appropriations, status, and public support.

Anyone who has been associated with the University will find in this history many of the things he remembers best: its social organizations, athletic contests, student pranks, class feuds, and campus politics. Colorful Mount Oread personalities are described—leaders, scholars, politicians, and benefactors. Thirty-six photographs trace different phases of the University's growth. Even those individuals well informed concerning the history of the University will learn much about its past and its potential for the future.

In addition, Griffin explores ideas about the purposes and practices of higher education, including the concept of the American state university as a servant of society. In many respects the development of the University paralleled the growth of the state itself; this book is therefore a valuable contribution to the cultural and intellectual history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Kansas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700601066
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 5/28/1974
  • Pages: 824
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Illustrations

Introduction

1. The Years of Frustration

2. The University Comes to Lawrence

3. John Fraser's University

4. Starving Times

5. The Nature of a State University

6. The University as a State Agency

7. "Why Shall We Delay the Superstructure?"

8. Curricular Activities

9. Gentlemen and Scholars

10. The University of Kansas Becomes a University

11. Thorns Along the Way

12. Students and Other Undergraduates: The Nineteenth Century

13. Frank Strong and the Years of Growth

14. Society's Servant

15. Professional Education: The Coming of the New

16. Professional Education: The Expansion of the Old

17. The College

18. End of an Era

19. The Perils of Efficiency

20. The War Industry

21. Saving the University from Democracy

22. The Material University, 1919-1929

23. Drifting with the Tide

24. New Searches for the University's Nature

25. A New Chancellor and Another War

26. The Beginnings of Reconstruction

27. Crises at the Crossroads

28. The Quest for a Liberal Education: "Changes with Us Are Made Rather Slowly"

29. Undergraduate Professional Education

30. Graduate Professional Education

31. Students and Other Undergraduates: The Twentieth Century

32. Intercollegiate Athletics: "What Is Football to Mean at the University of Kansas?"

33. The Race Against History

Notes

A Note on the Sources

Index

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