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Politics and Public Higher Education in New York State: Stony Brook -- A Case History


reviewed by Joseph DeVitis 2002

coverTitle: Politics and Public Higher Education in New York State: Stony Brook -- A Case History
Author(s): Sidney Gelber
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820449199 , Pages: Vol 11 , Year: 2001
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Sidney Gelber has enjoyed an illustrious history of his own at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook: Distinguished Service Professor, Leading Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Academic Vice President/Provost Emeritus, and recipient of the Stony Brook University Medal. Not so surprisingly, his case history of Stony Brook is largely a loyalist, downright celebratory, account. Some might even call it an exercise in scholastic boosterism. On the other hand, he uses a more acute political lens to assess public higher education in New York State as a whole, particularly its "sleeping giant," the SUNY system. Despite its historically "progressive" image, New York was the last state in the Union to create, in 1948, a state-supported system of colleges and universities. Governors, the state legislature, the Board of Regents, the Board of Trustees, and the State Department of Education were all profoundly influenced by the power and privilege of private institutions of higher learning throughout New York State. Gelber depicts a tepid call to arms... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 994-996
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10800, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 2:00:52 PM

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  • Joseph DeVitis
    University of Louisville
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    Joseph L. DeVitis, Professor of Education and Human Development, University of Louisville, taught at the State University of New York at Binghamton from 1988 to 2001. He has written widely on morality, culture, and reform. His books include Helping and Intervention (1991); Competition in Education (1992); The Success Ethic, Education, and the American Dream (1996); and To Serve and Learn: The Spirit of Community in Liberal Education (1998).
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