Public Higher Education in California


From 1950 to 1970, student enrollment in California’s system of higher education increased fivefold, a growth rate that generated internal organizational stresses, created frictions among the different university constituencies, and threatened the system’s capacity to govern itself. This volume provides an institutional history of higher education in California, analyzes the social structure of the origins of the conflict, and assesses the system’s capacity to contain and manage the stresses it faces.

Resulting Publication

  • Public Higher Education in California, eds. Neil J. Smelser and Gabriel Almond. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1974. (out of print)


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