ERIC Number: ED181856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
A Discussion of Events Which Influenced the Developmental Directions of North Carolina Central University.
Fleming, Joseph E.
Influences that have had significant effect on North Carolina Central University, a historically black university with a liberal arts tradition, are examined. The following topics are considered: events relating to the university's founding; circumstances affecting the transition of the university from a private normal school to a public institution; the transition of the institution from a public normal school to a public liberal arts college; and events surrounding the establishment of graduate and professional programs. It is concluded that the events that took place during the first 50 years of the existence of the university clearly demonstrate how outside influences tend to affect the developmental directions of an institution. The founding of the university grew out of the depressive conditions of the time, and its transition to a public normal school was a result of a need for an additional state normal school to train black teachers and a well-orchestrated campaign carried out by the founder. The transition to a liberal arts college was the result of another campaign and the need for the state to provide a liberal arts program for black citizens. The authorization for graduate and professional programs was made in order to perpetuate the existing social order that mandated that blacks and members of the majority groups be educated in separate institutions. (SW)
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Black Students, Black Teachers, Educational History, Government School Relationship, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Political Influences, Professional Education, Racial Segregation, Regional Attitudes, Social Influences, Southern Schools, State Colleges, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Carolina Central University; United States (South)