THE UNVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA: 1868-1968 by Verne A. Stadtman

THE UNVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA: 1868-1968

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The first complete narrative history of the University of California since 1930, which may set alumni hearts aflutter, but for the non-U reading public this does not adequately transcend the category of a centennial publication. Stadtman, a Berkeley graduate and special assistant to Clark Kerr on the Carnegie Commission on the Future of Higher Education, does make some broad connections with national and California history, educational trends and theories, and the changing roles of administrators, faculty, and students. But the context is generally too narrow, and the narrative (never overly sprightly) bogs down in details of presidential tenures, committees, budgets, endowments, blueprints, building, and expansion. (Centennial celebrants may prefer There Was Light, p. 50, personal reminiscences by 39 prominent Berkeley alumni.)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1970
Publisher: McGraw-Hill