SUNY at Sixty

The Promise of the State University of New York

Edited by John B. Clark, W. Bruce Leslie, and Kenneth P. O'Brien
Foreword by Nancy L. Zimpher

Subjects: History Of Education, History, Education, New York/regional
Paperback : 9781438433028, 387 pages, February 2010
Hardcover : 9781438433035, 387 pages, February 2010

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Table of contents

Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher
Introduction: Taking Stock of New York’s State University after Six Decades
I. A Guided Tour through SUNY’s First SixDecades
II. Twenty-Seven Ways to Understand SUNY
1. The Empire State Creates a University
Sanford H. Levine
I. Shared Goals, Different Politics, and Differing Outcomes: The Truman Commission and the Dewey Commission
Philo Hutcheson
II. Forging SUNY in New York’s Political Cauldron
Tod Ottman
III. The Temporary Commission Surveys Bias in Admissions
Harold S. Wechsler
2. The Building Blocks of SUNY
Douglas R. Skopp
I. SUNY Oswego: From Recovery and Refugees to Re-Invention and Revival
Tim Nekritz
II. Rescuing the State Teachers College from History’s Scrapheap
Kenneth P. O’Brien & W. Bruce Leslie
III. “A Touch of New England in Western New York”: The Transformation of SUNY Geneseo
Wayne Mahood
IV. From Schools of Agriculture to Colleges of Technology: A Century of Evolution
Joseph Petrick
3. Varied Missions in America’s Largest “Comprehensive University”
Christopher C. Dahl
I. The College of Environmental Science and Forestry and SUNY: A Unique Relationship
Hugh O. Canham
II. SUNY Maritime College: A History
Maryellen Keefe
III. Why a University Press Should Be and Must Be Relevant
Gary Dunham
4. Community Colleges: Emergence of an Educational Giant
Dennis Golladay
I. A Retrospective View of the Westchester Community College Experience
Marjorie Glusker
II. The Pioneers Speak: Voices from the Early Years of the SUNY Community Colleges
Benjamin J. Weaver
5. SUNY Strides onto the National Research Stage
John W. Kalas
I. Presidential Leadership, Change, and Community: SUNY-Buffalo from 1966 to 1981
Patricia A. Maloney
II. Documenting Research at SUNY University Centers: A Comparative Approach
Nancy Diamond
III. Better Late Than Never: Intentions, Timing, and Results in Creating SUNY Research Universities
Roger L. Geiger
6. The Best Laid Plans
John Aubrey Douglass
I. James Bryant Conant and the Limits of Educational Planning in California and New York
Wayne J. Urban
II. Three Historical Moments: Contested Visions of the State University of New York
Henry Steck
III. An Assessment of the Recommendations of the NYS Commission on Higher Education
John B. Clark
7. “Diversity”—Demography, Culture, and Education for a Changing New York
Pedro N. Cabán
I. Changing Demographics and Representational Dilemmas: Latinos at SUNY and CUNY Meeting the Diversity Challenge
José E. Cruz
II. Creating Educational Equity: A Brief Look at the History and Development of the SUNY EOCs and EOP
Carlos N. Medina & Jeffrey Scott
8. SUNY in and of the World
James Ketterer
I. SUNY’s Strategic Role in International Higher Education
Karla Back
II. SUNY from an English Perspective
John Halsey
9. The View from the SUNY Tower: Two Chancellors Look Back
I. Historical Vignettes of SUNY: A Personal Sampling
Clifton R. Wharton Jr.
II. The State University of New York: Memories and Perspectives
D. Bruce Johnstone
10. Telling SUNY’s Tale: Historians Look Back and Forward
Chris Ward
I. The State of Archives on SUNY Campuses: The Good, the Bad, and the Unaccounted
Geoffrey Williams
II. Pride and Identity: The College Histories of the SUNY Campuses
Joel T. Rosenthal
III. The Strange Career of SUNY’s History
W. Bruce Leslie
Conclusion: Some Concluding Thoughts about SUNY and the Promise of Public Higher Education in New York
Appendix 1: Presidents and Chancellors of the State University of New York
Appendix 2: Governors of New York State in the State University of New York Era
Appendix 3: SUNY Campus List by Alphabetical Order / Institutional Sector
The History of SUNY & of Higher Education in New York State
SUNY Campus Histories
Histories of State Systems of Higher Education
(except SUNY)
List of Contributors

The comprehensive history of the State University of New York system.


This is a fascinating history of the State University of New York, America's largest comprehensive university system. As such, it incorporates community colleges, colleges of technology, university colleges, research universities, medical schools, health science centers, and includes specialized campuses in fields as diverse as optometry, ceramics, horticulture, fashion, forestry, and maritime training. Originating in a conference held in spring 2009 to mark SUNY's 60th anniversary, the book covers the system's origins, political landscape, varied missions, the different types of institutions, international partnerships, leadership, future directions, and more. Other state systems have been studied more closely and in depth (California, Michigan, Texas), and this book is a long overdue effort to bring New York into that conversation. Edited by a past interim chancellor of the system, and two SUNY history professors, and with a foreword by current chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, this book is essential for anyone who has a stake in public higher education in New York state, or indeed, public higher education anywhere.