The Gold and the Blue: A Personal Memoir of the University of California, 1949-1967: Volume 1, Academic Triumphs


reviewed by Donald E. Heller - 2002

coverTitle: The Gold and the Blue: A Personal Memoir of the University of California, 1949-1967: Volume 1, Academic Triumphs
Author(s): Clark Kerr
Publisher: University of California Press, Los Angeles
ISBN: 0520223675 , Pages: 585, Year: 2001
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I first heard Clark Kerr speak while attending graduate school in the early 1990s.  I knew quite well of Kerr’s reputation not just as the President of the University of California (UC), and before that, first Chancellor of UC-Berkeley, but also as the architect of the Master Plan for Higher Education in California. I remember Kerr as an entertaining and lively speaker.  I am pleased to report that Clark Kerr is still going strong a decade later.  The University of California Press has issued the first of two volumes of Kerr’s memoirs of his days at UC.  This first volume, which Kerr describes as focusing on the “private life of the university” (p. xxx), is an interesting and important contribution to our understanding of the development of UC during the golden age of American higher education.  The book is also valuable for those interested in higher education governance and administration, and the tensions of autonomy versus coordination so often present in many of this nation’s great public... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 943-946
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10874, Date Accessed: 10/27/2020 9:01:41 AM

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