Authors

Carl Chelf

Abstract

This is a study of the role of polities in education-more specifically, the role of politics in the founding and development of a state college. It is not an exposé or an inside story of the sensational, "now it can ba toldB type. It is simply an analysis arid an attempted explanation of the interactions of the various elements in the policy-making process--public opinion, interest groups, individuals, legislators--in the founding and growth of a state college. The study will trace the evolution of an idea or public interest into public policy. This transformation of a public interest through periods of sharp disagreement, indifference and even skepticism into a public program is an excellent example of the political process and its functioning. Out of sometimes bitter argument and sharply conflicting ideas there slowly emerged a legislative program.

Disciplines

Education | History | Political History | Political Science | United States History