The University of Illinois, 1894-1904: The Shaping of the University

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University of Illinois Press, 2000 - Education - 415 pages
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The distinguished historian Winton U. Solberg presents a detailed case study of one institution's transformation into a modern American university.

The years 1894 to 1904 mark the stormy tenure of Andrew S. Draper as president of the University of Illinois. Draper, a successful superintendent of schools with no college or university experience and no credentials as a postsecondary administrator, presided over many crucial improvements in the University's physical plant, curricula, and other areas. However, he failed to infuse the University with a spirit of cohesion, and his term as president was fraught with conflict. From his inauguration on, the autocratic Draper collided with deans and faculty who opposed both the substance of his changes and the manner in which he presented and implemented them.

This volume closely examines the Draper years from the perspectives of faculty, students, and administrators. Solberg outlines the administrative, faculty, staff, and physical infrastructure.

He also reveals a vibrant and varied student life, including a whirl of social activities, literary societies, intercollegiate debate and athletics, hazing, religion, and increasingly prominent fraternities.

A sharply delineated and detailed picture of a university in transition, The University of Illinois, 1894-1904 traces the school's shift from an institution known primarily as a training ground for engineers to a full-fledged university poised to compete on the national level.

  

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Contents

A New Era
3
The Academic Enterprise
37
Literature and Arts
59
Science for the Common Good
92
Agriculture
120
Colossus of the Campus
155
New Ventures
182
Military Science and Physical Training
205
Common Bonds
269
The Care of Students
288
The Inquiring Mind
309
The Muse of Music
327
Fraternities and the Social Whirl
340
The Rise of Intercollegiate Atbletics
356
The Turmoil of Drapers Departure
381
Structure Without Spirit
392

The Graduate School and the College of Law
216
The Medical Center
239

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About the author (2000)

Winton U. Solberg is professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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