Study Guide for Final Exam

Alma  Mater/Spring 2014
Study Guide for Final Exam
1:00 PM, Thursday, May 15, 2014

Covers the period 1940 to the Present

Academic Notables:

Sonia Santomayor       Thurgood Marshall           Jack Greenberg
William Buckley, Jr.     McGeorge Bundy             Ellen V. Futter
Clark Kerr                      Linda LeClair                     David Truman
Mario Savio                  Mark Rudd                        Henry Coleman
Martha Peterson         William J. McGill              Jacqueline Mattfeld
Michael Sovern           Norman Podhoretz          Jeanne Kirkpatrick
Allan Bloom                 Dinesh D’Souza                 Daniel Horowitz
Caroline Heilbrun       Kate Millet                         Grayson Kirk

Academic Events/Pronouncements: [should be able to place them chronologically, by their context, locale and author/perpetrator/participant (s), as appropriate]

Institute for Defense Analysis                 “Founders Day Speech,” University of California
Ad Hoc Faculty Group                                 Science: The Endless Frontier
National Science Foundation                     God & Man at Yale
Brown v. Topeka School Board
                 “Title IX”
Mathematics Hall                                        The Closing of the American Mind
Schuette v. CDAA [“Michigan Case”]       “Academics for Nixon”
California Board of Regents v. Bakke
      National Defense Education Act
“Affirmative Action”                                    Gratz v. Bollinger
“Port Huron Statement”                             “Political Correctness”
Free Speech Movement                              Proposition 209
Students for a Democratic  Society          Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin
American Studies Association Boycott    Servicemen’s Readjustment Act

 

Major Issues [the stuff of essays]:

1. What are the bases for characterizing the 15-20 years following World War II as
“The Golden Age of the American University”?
Who were its principal beneficiaries?
Who were notably left out of this “golden age”?
How does this period differ from that which followed it?

 

2. What were the causes/factors  that brought on Columbia ’68?
How many particular to Columbia?
How many were the product of human calculation/human error by the principal players?
What was/has been  the long-term fallout?
3. What accounts for the rise of a conservative critique of the late-20th-century liberal university?
What are its principal complaints?
Who are the folks voicing them?
Do they have merit?

4. Has the place of women on campus changed significantly since 1970?
If so, how so?  And why?
And if not, how not and why not

5. Has the place [and definition] of minorities on campus changed since 1970?
If so, how so?  And why?

6. What is the current case for and against “affirmative action” in college and
professional school admissions?
Which do you believe has more merit?


Still More “Scopey” Matters

7. What say ye to the proposition that the history of American higher education since WW II can largely be written from the decennial census reports – that practically everything that has happened or changed on American campuses can be accounted for with reference to demographic data?

8. What say ye to the proposition that access for students and faculty to those institutions at the upper end of American higher education is today more meritocratic  — more determined by what Jefferson called “talent and virtue — than at any time in its  history?

9. What say ye to the proposition that American higher education – top to bottom – is today being so rapidly and comprehensively transformed by digital technology that campuses a generation from now will be unrecognizable to those familiar with those of the 20th century? That practically nothing that we now think of as traditional /enduring aspects of college-going will be in place?

Last updated: May 2, 2014
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