ERIC Number: ED403603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Mina P. Shaughnessy: Her Life and Work.
This book is intended to be both a biography of an extraordinary woman and a historical account of events leading to Open Admissions within the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1970, wherein every graduate of a New York City high school was guaranteed a place within the CUNY system. The book profiles Mina Shaugnessy, who devoted her professional life, and much of her personal life, to working with and for the underprepared student, whom she believed to have as much right to higher education as any more privileged student. Noting that this was not a widely shared belief in academe when Shaughnessy took over as director of CUNY's SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) Program of remedial and financial assistance and counseling, the book captures the strength and grace with which Shaughnessy faced her opponents. The book portrays Shaughnessy as a complex and fascinating person, more than as an educational icon. It acquaints the reader with the circumstances of Shaughnessy's upbringing, her family and friends, and the twists and turns that led her to a career in higher education. The book includes many of Shaughnessy's writings, which continue to serve as sources of information, confirmation, and inspiration, even after her early death from cancer in 1978. (NKA)
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Biographies, Educational History, Educational Philosophy, Higher Education, Open Enrollment, Student Needs, Women Administrators, Women Faculty, Womens History, Writing Teachers
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096 (Stock No. 50292: $18.95 members, $25.95 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.