After World War II, returning veterans with GI Bill benefits ushered in an era of unprecedented growth that fundamentally altered the meaning, purpose, and structure of higher education. This volume explores the multifaceted and tumultuous transformation of American higher education that occurred between 1945 and 1970, while examining the changes in institutional forms, curricula, clientele, faculty, and governance. A wide range of well-known contributors cover topics such as the first public university to explicitly serve an urban population, the creation of modern day honors programs, how teachers’ colleges were repurposed as state colleges, the origins of faculty unionism and collective bargaining, and the dramatic student protests that forever changed higher education. This engaging text explores a critical moment in the history of higher education, signaling a shift in the meaning of a college education, the concept of who should and who could obtain access to college, and what should be taught.
Roger L. Geiger is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education Emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Nathan M. Sorber is Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for the Future of Land-Grant Universities at West Virginia University, USA.
Christian K. Anderson is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of South Carolina, USA.