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


reviewed by Roger Geiger - 1994

coverTitle: Banding Together: The Rise of National Associations in American Higher Education, 1887-1950.
Author(s): Hugh Hawkins
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801843707, Pages: , Year: 1992
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Just over a century ago, the presidents of several young land-grant colleges worked together to help gain passage of the Hatch Act (1887), which created regular federal support for Agricultural Experiment Stations. Encouraged by their success, the colleges joined forces that same year in the Association of American Agricultural Colleges and Experiment Stations--the country's first higher education association. The idea proved contagious. In 1895, nonagricultural state universities founded an organization of their own, and in 1900 the leading graduate schools united in the Association of American Universities. Liberal arts colleges, acting somewhat defensively, took until 1915 to establish the Association of American Colleges. The nation's mobilization for World War I then prompted the organization of a super association--the American Council on Education--as claimant to be the national representative of the higher education system. These five associations are the subjects of this ingenious history by Hugh Hawkins of Amherst College. The author of seminal studies of President Charles Eliot of Harvard and the founding of Johns Hopkins University, Hawkins has... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 96 Number 2, 1994, p. 352-354
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 65, Date Accessed: 7/29/2021 4:02:26 AM

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