06 June 2001 |

The California Idea and American Higher Education

By John Douglass
Senior Research Fellow
Center for Studies in Higher Education

This history chronicles California’s political, economic, and cultural history, and the impulse to develop what many consider to be the best public higher education system in the world.

“No one has previously written a history of higher education in California comparable to this volume,” said Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California and author of the series “California and the American Dream.” “Specifically, no one has ever written the history of public higher education in terms of its policy development…. There is great drama in Douglass’ telling of this crucial public policy and political story.”

Stanford University Press


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