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Palgrave Macmillan

Higher Education in the American West

Regional History and State Contexts

ISBN 9781137381941
Publication Date March 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Higher Education and Society

Higher Education in the American West offers the first comprehensive regional history of American higher education, examining the role of each state within four subregions, and demonstrates the importance of understanding the American West's role in higher education nationally. It concentrates on the fifteen-state western region served by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education compact. Spanning the years 1818 to 2013, campus and state leaders advanced the West's one thousand two hundred public and private institutions of higher learning through the rough founding pioneer days and later nineteenth-century land-grant expansion era to their communities and citizens, reaching contemporary acclaim as world-class research universities during the contemporary service era. The companion volume, Public Policy Challenges Facing Higher Education in the American West, further explores seven current-day regional policy issues in the fifteen western states.

Lester F. Goodchild is Distinguished Professor of International and Comparative Educatio at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA.

Richard W. Jonsen is former Executive Director of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, USA.

Patty Limerick is Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, where she is also Professor of History.

David A. Longanecker is President of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, USA.

Editors' Preface
Introduction; Lester F. Goodchild, Richard W. Jonsen, Patty Limerick, and David A. Longanecker
1. Western College Expansion: Churches and Evangelization, States and Boosterism, 1818-1945; Lester F. Goodchild and David M. Wrobel
2. The Evolution of Institutions in the Westward Expansion; Arthur M. Cohen
3. Forty-Five Years in the Academic Saddle: The American West, Higher Education, and the Invitation to Innovation; Patty Limerick
4. Middle Border Region: Higher Education in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming; Jason E. Lane and Francis J. Kerins, Sr.
5. History of Higher Education in the Southwest since World War II: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah; William E. 'Bud' Davis
6. Higher Education in the Pacific West: Developments in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Alaska; William E. 'Bud' Davis, Lester F. Goodchild, and David A. Tandberg
7. Higher Education in California: Rise and Fall; Patrick M. Callan
8. The Federal Government and Western Higher Education; David A. Longanecker
9. Afterword - Understanding the First Regional History of American Higher Education: The Spirit of Innovation; Lester F. Goodchild

David M. Wrobel, University of Oklahoma, USA
Arthur M. Cohen, University of California at Los Angeles, USA
Jason E. Lane, State University of New York Albany, USA
Francis J. Kerins, Carroll College, USA
William E. "Bud" Davis, retired, USA
David A. Tandberg, Florida State University, USA
Patrick M. Callan, The Higher Education Policy Institute, USA


"The editors and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education are to be commended for the substantive and cogent narrative and analysis presented. Scholars interested in regional history and public policy will eagerly embrace these works." - Amy Wells Dolan, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Mississippi, USA
"By providing a series of chapters addressing the origins and contemporary conditions of colleges and universities in the West, we can begin to overcome what some historians of education call 'Massachusetts myopia.'" - Philo Hutcheson, Professor of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies, University of Alabama, USA, and past President of the History of Education Society
"Embracing both excellence and expansive opportunity, the American West inspired unprecedented achievements in public higher education, a story well told in Higher Education in the American West: Regional History and State Contexts. Its companion volume, Public Policy Challenges Facing Higher Education in the American West, sets forth the challenges confronting educators and policy leaders in the West and invites their response." Paul Lingenfelter, past President, State Higher Education Executive Officers
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