The Perils of Success: Clark Kerr and the Master Plan for Higher Education
The 1960 California Master Plan for Higher Education was one of Clark Kerr’s most significant achievements. The Plan reflected Kerr’s vision of the role of higher education in mid-twentieth century America and his insights into California’s changing needs and aspirations. Its development and adoption required pragmatism and political skill. Its implementation propelled California higher education to national and international prominence. But as demographic, economic and educational circumstances changed, Kerr’s visionary blueprint of 1960 and its iconic status have impeded its adaptation to the needs of contemporary California.
KeywordsHigh Education Community College High School Graduate Master Plan College Enrollment
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