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The Gold and the Blue, Volume One: A Personal Memoir of the University of California, 1949-1967, Academic Triumphs / Edition 1

The Gold and the Blue, Volume One: A Personal Memoir of the University of California, 1949-1967, Academic Triumphs / Edition 1

by Clark Kerr


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520223677
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/16/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

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

Part I. Introduction
1. Getting to Know Berkeley
2. A Giant Astride the University: An Appreciation of Robert Gordon Sproul

Part II. The First Chancellor at Berkeley, 1952-58
3. 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, 1958-67
11. 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 Campuses
16. 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 Innovations
25. Academic Affairs
26. Student Life
27. Structural Adjustments

Part VI. Outcomes at the End of the Century
28. Pure Gold

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


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