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Banding Together: The Rise of National Associations in American Higher Education, 1887-1950

Professor Hugh Hawkins

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ISBN 10: 0801843707 / ISBN 13: 9780801843709
Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992
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Title: Banding Together: The Rise of National ...

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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Around the turn of the century, virtually all important elements in American life - business, labor, churches, even the entertainment industry - began to form national organizations. American colleges and universities were no exception. In Banding Together, noted scholar of higher education Hugh Hawkins examines the ways in which academic groups participated in nationwide movements toward centralization and standardization.
Hawkins explores the "associational ideology" of university presidents and high-level administrators, their evolving sense of corporate mission, and their relationship with growing federal power. (Not surprisingly, they welcomed federal aid but spurned federal regulation.) In World Wars I and II, with vast increases in federal power, institutions relied even more heavily on their own centralizing agencies, which sometimes cooperated with, and sometimes resisted, military uses of academia.
Although primarily a story of institutional development, the book also explores the roles played by such influential individuals as Charles R. Van Hise, James B. Conant, and Samuel P. Capen. By placing American higher education in the broad context of social change, Banding Together contributes to a deeper understanding of the "organizational revolution" and explains how colleges and universities have viewed themselves, faced their problems, and influenced public policy in this century.


"A lucid, well-written, well-researched history of the process by which colleges and universities have organized and maintained a system of representation at the national level." -- Journal of Higher Education

"[An] extraordinarily well researched book." -- Journal of American History

"Hawkins makes an important contribution in analyzing the 'process of associationalism' in higher education." -- History of Education Quarterly

"A fresh contribution on a novel topic... Virtually a reference tool for enriching understanding of the formation of our higher education system." -- Roger Geiger, Teachers College Record

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