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ERIC Number: ED431056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 21
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Nurturing African American Scholars and Leaders: An Explanation of Fisk University's Basic College Program (1951-1956).
Gasman, Marybeth
Fisk University, under the administration of Charles Johnson, developed a Basic College program that might serve as a model for future efforts to advance student learning and encourage leadership and scholarship among African Americans. In the early 1950s, Johnson, then president of Fisk, created an environment that gave young blacks the benefits of integration. The Basic College Early Entrant program Johnson founded sought out exceptional high school students in their junior or senior years and allowed them to proceed at an accelerated pace toward the bachelor's or master's degree. In addition, the Basic College exposed students to a variety of national and international scholars, artists, and political figures in small group settings. After the first 2 years, Johnson expanded the Basic College program to all freshmen and sophomores, but kept the early entrants program as a separate entity. Eventually, the early entrants were placed in the same courses as the advanced freshmen. In spite of its success and the high academic achievement of the early entrants, the program ended with the death of Charles Johnson in 1956. Nevertheless, the Basic College program provides an example of an overall educational environment to stimulate and nurture the minds of black students. (Contains 21 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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