March 11, 2022

The Lost Promise: American Universities in the 1960s. In conversation with Dr. Ellen Schrecker

The Lost Promise: American Universities in the 1960s. In conversation with Dr. Ellen Schrecker

US Universities are still impacted by many policy changes that had their roots in the turbulent ‘60s. The Promise was to provide high quality very affordable college education to foster upward social and economic mobility.


American Universities in the 1960s were caught up tumultuous times. On the one hand, resources flowed liberally to expand the number of campuses and faculty to educate the Baby Boomers. But at the same time, academia was transformed as Civil Rights and Vietnam War protests brought   a growing and unprecedented politicization to campuses across the country. Dr. Schrecker recounts her professional experience during the 1960s and the echoes of that era are still felt to this day.

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