Decades of chaos and revolution : showdowns for college presidents
- Nelson, Stephen James, 1947-
- Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2012.
- Physical description
- xi, 195 p. ; 24 cm.
- American Council on Education series on higher education.
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- Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-188) and index.
- Introduction Eras of Chaos and Revolution in the Academy Chapter One The Enduring Seeds and Legacy of the 1960s Chapter Two Into the War Room: Sieges of Protest and What Happened to the Presidency? Chapter Three Cornell and Kent State: Inevitable Disaster and Tragedy? Chapter Four Presidential Tempers and Temperaments: Threats and Survival of the Fittest in Making of Presidents Chapter Five "We Don't have Enough Money:" The Boom, Bust and Sink Holes of Ever-Expanding Financial Aid, Clashes over Students, and Going Global on Shrinking Capital Chapter Six Fundamentalists at the Gates: Ideology, the Politics of Correctness, and Control of the Marketplace of Ideas Chapter Seven Crucibles and Chaos: What the 1960s Tell about the Presidency and the Challenges of 21st Century Chapter Eight Ideological Follies and the Soul of the University Epilogue.
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- Publisher's Summary
- Decades of Chaos and Revolution: Showdowns for College Presidents is the story and comparison of two eras in the history of higher education. The first era covers the period of the 1960s through the mid-1970s, and the second is the first decade of the twenty-first century. Both decades were marked by events that shook the foundations of colleges and universities, and society as a whole. Nelson weaves an engaging story, told through the eyes of the presidents of the institutions that were involved in the chaos of those eras. For colleges and universities and their presidents, these two decades are the toughest, most tense and demanding of times in the last hundred years, and likely in the entire history of colleges and universities in America. The enduring images are equal parts chaos and change, revolution and recovery, dashed dreams and unflagging hopes. Nelson asks, of the two eras, which faced the greater challenges? Which era required more profound leadership? And which was the more difficult and demanding of their time to navigate successfully? It is clear that Steve Nelson sees the era of the 1960s and '70s as the most difficult. He believes that it was the presidents of that earlier era who confronted dilemmas and controversies unimagined before and not witnessed since. Decades of Chaos and Revolution presents an insightful picture of the tension and tumult that presidents of the 1960s and '70s had no choice but to face. Nelson traces the roots of ideological battles in the university that have persisted over the last sixty years. He examines what worked and what didn't in the tactics used by presidents in the face of the demands inspired by the protests and politics of the 1960s and shows how they have shaped succeeding generations of presidents. Then he unravels the parallel issues and unfinished business of the 1960s, which evolved in ensuing decades, and with which presidents in the twenty-first century must also grapple. Watch the author talk more about the book on YouTube: Part I: Triggers leading up to the "revolutions" of the 60s/70s. Part II: Changes in the college presidency, and the inspiration for the book.
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- Stephen J. Nelson.
- American Council on Education, series on higher education