University of Kansas: A History (Hardback)Clifford Stephen Griffin (author)
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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.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Number of pages: 810
Weight: 1320 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 43 mm
"For those who want to know how a university was born, how it survived and thrived on the prairie, how the politicians and the professors interacted, how educational fads congealed into clich s, how the chancellors postured, orated, and appealed, how the teachers practiced mutual karate and how a preparatory academy became an institution of distinction, this is the book."--Salina Journal
"Traces virtually every aspect of the school's growth during its first century. Sports, pranks, feuds, social organization, and campus politics are included."--Kansas City Star
"An honest and fascinating portrait of KU's first century. Most of the university's great names march across its pages, and refreshingly, Griffin presents them without a cosmetic fa ade."--Lawrence Journal-World
"To this book Griffin brings the gifts of clear prose, mastery of vast sources, detachment, and a disarming skepticism about his subject. Above all, he is candid."--Chronicle of Higher Education
"A monumental history."--Reviews in American History
"Highly recommended."--History: Reviews of New Books
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