The Gold and the Blue, Volume One: A Personal Memoir of the University of California, 1949-1967, Academic Triumphs / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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One of the last century's most influential figures in higher education, Clark Kerr was a leading visionary, architect, leader, and fighter for the University of California. Chancellor of the Berkeley campus from 1952 to 1958 and president of the university from 1958 to 1967, Kerr saw the university through its golden years--a time of both great advancement and great conflict. This absorbing memoir is an intriguing insider's account of how the University of California rose to the peak of scientific and scholarly stature and how, under Kerr's unique leadership, the university evolved into the institution it is today. In this first of two volumes, Kerr describes the private life of the university from his first visit to Berkeley as a graduate student at Stanford in 1932 to his dismissal under Governor Ronald Reagan in 1967. Early in his tenure as a professor, the Loyalty Oath issue erupted, and the university, particularly the Berkeley campus, underwent its most difficult upheaval until the onset of the Free Speech Movement in 1964. Kerr discusses many pivotal developments, including the impact of the GI Bill and the evolution of the much-emulated 1960 California Master Plan for Higher Education. He also discusses the movement for universal access to education and describes the establishment and growth of each of the nine campuses and the forces and visions that shaped their distinctive identities. Kerr's perspective of more than fifty years puts him in a unique position to assess which of the academic, structural, and student life innovations of the 1950s and 1960s have proven successful and to consider what lessons about higher education we might learn from that period. The second volume of the memoir will treat the public life of the university and the political context that conditioned its environment.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
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About the Author
Clark Kerr (1911-2003) was President of the University of California and a giant in public education. His books include The Uses of the University (1995), Higher Education Cannot Escape History (1994), Troubled Times for Higher Education (1994), and The Great Transformation in Higher Education (1991).
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations List of Tables Foreword by Neil Smelser Preface Part I. Introduction1. Getting to Know Berkeley 2. A Giant Astride the University: An Appreciation of Robert Gordon Sproul Part II. The First Chancellor at Berkeley, 1952-583. Answering the Big Question: Who Will Take Berkeley's Place in the Academic Big Six? 4. Defining a Chancellor's Sphere of Action 5. "The Best Balanced Distinguished University" 6. Getting Ready for the Tidal Wave 7. Improving Facilities for Student Life at Berkeley 8. A New Physical Development Plan for Berkeley 9. Responding to Some Post-Loyalty Oath Legacies 10. Reprise and Prelude: Three Struggles over the University's Orientation-1870, 1900, and 1950 Part III. The Presidency of the University: Overarching Issues, 1958-6711. A New Agenda for the Reorientation of the University 12. A Master Plan for Higher Education in California 13. Moving from Unitary to Pluralistic Decision-Making (1957-59) 14. A Second Look at Decentralization (1965) and a Failed Proposal 15. Reconsiderations Part IV. Nine Campuses16. Creation of Three Campuses 17. Original Directions and Problems at the New Campuses 18. Mass Transformations and Administered Alterations 19. Innovations and Reactions at Santa Cruz 20. Reconsiderations on Attempts at Academic Change 21. Transformations at Davis and Santa Barbara 22. Transformations at Riverside and San Francisco 23. A Place in the Sun for UCLA 24. Clouds Obscure Berkeley's Sun Part V. Universitywide Innovations25. Academic Affairs 26. Student Life 27. Structural Adjustments Part VI. Outcomes at the End of the Century28. Pure Gold Conclusion Appendix 1. Honor Roll of University Leaders Appendix 2. University of California Administration and Governance Appendix 3. Indicators of Growth in the University of California Appendix 4. Documentary Supplements Notes Acknowledgments Credits Index