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SUNY at Sixty: The Promise of the State University of New York

SUNY at Sixty: The Promise of the State University of New York


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ISBN-13: 9781438433028
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Pages: 387
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John B. Clark is Acting Executive Director of the City University of New York's Office of Business and Industry Relations, former Interim Chancellor of the State University of New York, and was Interim President of four of SUNY's colleges: Plattsburgh, Brockport, Alfred State, and Optometry.

W. Bruce Leslie is Professor of History at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. He is the author of Gentlemen and Scholars: Colleges and Community in the "Age of the University" and State University of New York at Brockport (with Mary Jo Gigliotti and Kenneth P. O'Brien).

Kenneth P. O'Brien is Associate Professor of History at the College at Brockport, State University of New York and President of the SUNY University Faculty Senate. He is coeditor (with Lynn Hudson Parsons) of The Home-Front War: World War II and American Society.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword Nancy L. Zimpher xiii

Introduction: Taking Stock of New York's State University after Six Decades xvi

I A Guided Tour through SUNY's First Six Decades xvii

II Twenty-Seven Ways to Understand SUNY xxi

1 The Empire State Creates a University 1

Introduction Sanfard H. Levine 1

I Shared Goals, Different Politics, and Differing Outcomes: The Truman Commission and the Dewey Commission Philo Hutcheson 3

II Forging SUNY in New York's Political Cauldron Tod Ottman 15

III The Temporary Commission Surveys Bias in Admissions Harold S. Wechsler 29

2 The Building Blocks of SUNY 39

Introduction Douglas R. Skopp 39

I SUNY Oswego: From Recovery and Refugees to Re-Invention and Revival Tim Nekritz 41

II Rescuing the State Teachers College from History's Scrapheap Kenneth P. O'Brien W. Bruce Leslie 54

III “A Touch of New England in Western New York”: The Transformation of SUNY Geneseo Wayne Mahood 63

IV From Schools of Agriculture to Colleges of Technology: A Century of Evolution Joseph Petrick 77

3 Varied Missions in America's Largest “Comprehensive University” 88

Introduction Christopher C. Dahl 88

I The College of Environmental Science and Forestry and SUNY: A Unique Relationship Hugh O. Canham 90

II SUNY Maritime College: A History Maryellen Keefe 98

III Why a University Press Should Be and Must Be and Relevant Gary Dunham 109

4 Community Colleges: Emergence of an Educational Giant 114

Introduction Dennis Golladay 114

I A Retrospective View of the Westchester Community College Experience Marjorie Glusker 116

II The Pioneers Speak: Voices from the Early Years of the SUNY Community Colleges Benjamin J. Weaver 128

5 SUNY Strides onto the National Research Stage 141

Introduction John W. Kalas 141

1 Presidential Leadership, Change, and Community: SUNY Buffalo from 1966 to 1981 Patricia A. Maloney 144

II Documenting Research at SUNY University Centers: A Comparative Approach Nancy Diamond 159

III Better Late Than Never: Intentions, Timing, and Results in Creating SUNY Research Universities Roger L. Geiger 171

6 The Best Laid Plans 184

Introduction John Aubrey Douglass 184

I James Bryant Conant and the Limits of Educational Planning in California and New York Wayne J. Urban 190

II Three Historical Moments: Contested Visions of the State University of New York Henry Steck 199

III An Assessment of the Recommendations of the NYS Commission on Higher Education John B. Clark 213

7 “Diversity”—Demography, Culture, and Education for a Changing New York 225

Introduction Pedro N. Cabán 225

I Changing Demographics and Representational Dilemmas: Latinos at SUNY and CUNY Meeting the Diversity Challenge José E. Cruz 228

II Creating Educational Equity: A Brief Look at the History and Development of the SUNY EOCs and EOP Carlos N. Medina Jeffrey Scott 243

8 SUNY in and of the World 255

Introduction James Ketterer 255

I SUNY's Strategic Role in International Higher Education Karla Back 256

II SUNY from an English Perspective John Halsey 268

9 The View from the SUNY Tower: Two Chancellors Look Back 281

I Historical Vignettes of SUNY: A Personal Sampling Clifton R. Wharton 281

II The State University of New York: Memories and Perspectives D. Bruce Johnstone 290

10 Telling SUNY's Tale: Historians Look Back and Forward 298

Introduction Chris Ward 298

I The State of Archives on SUNY Campuses: The Good, the Bad, and the Unaccounted Geoffrey Williams 300

II Pride and Identity: The College Histories of the SUNY Campuses Joel T. Rosenthal 309

III The Strange Career of SUNY's History W. Bruce Leslie 314

Conclusion: Some Concluding Thoughts about SUNY and the Promise of Public Higher Education in New York 321

Appendices 326

Appendix 1 Presidents and Chancellors of the State University of New York 326

Appendix 2 Governors of New York State in the State University of New York Era 327

Appendix 3 SUNY Campus List by Alphabetical Order/Institutional Sector 327

Bibliographies 330

The History of SUNY & of Higher Education in New York State 330

SUNY Campus Histories 332

Histories of State Systems of Higher Education (except SUNY) 340

List of Contributors 342

Index 357

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