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Master of Education (MEd)
Estrada, Lawrence J.
Smith, Jack (Director, Viking Union)
This case study is a brief history of the College of Ethnic Studies (CES or Ethnic Studies) at Western Washington University. Established in the fall of 1969 as the third of three cluster colleges, after Fairhaven and Huxley, it lasted until the fall of 1978 when it was disbanded and dispersed throughout the university. This study examines factors that led to the rise and fall of the College of Ethnic Studies.
Investigation showed that while budget and bigotry played a major role in the demise of CES, as assumed, other factors such as turnover in faculty and administrative leadership, and organizational structural barriers were involved and had a significant impact. Research centered around primary sources, minutes, memoranda, and interviews with selected individuals who were connected with the College of Ethnic Studies. The study ends with recommendations for approaching Ethnic Studies programs in the future.
Western Washington University
Subjects – Names (LCNAF)
Western Washington University. College of Ethnic Studies--History
Subject – LCSH
Minorities--Study and teaching (Higher)--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Case studies
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Bryan, Maurice L. Jr., "The College of Ethnic Studies at Western Washington University: A Case Study" (1993). WWU Graduate School Collection. 825.