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ERIC Number: ED449721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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The G.I. Bill and the Changing Place of U.S. Higher Education after World War II.
Adams, Jennifer Ann
The geography of U.S. higher education changed dramatically with the enactment of the Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944, popularly known as the G.I. Bill of Rights (Public Law 346). This discussion shows how the G.I. Bill paved the way for marked changes in terms of where colleges and universities were located and who benefited from higher education after World War II. Between 1861 and 1943, the mean founding rate for colleges was 18 colleges a year, but after the G.I. Bill, the founding rate rose to 32 per year. The G.I. Bill resulted in an influx of veterans to college, as a combination of data sources shows. Expanded access for veterans led to increasing numbers of nonveterans because college space was available. The increase in colleges resulted in increased spatial dispersion of institutions, altering the geographic placement of centers of higher education. (Contains 30 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill