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Higher Education

William E. Ellis

in A History of Education in Kentucky

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129778
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135724 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813129778.003.0008
Higher Education

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As at the time of the Great Depression, the Americans were caught up in events over which they appeared to have no control. Life was changed quickly by this war, and higher education in Kentucky soon adjusted to the exigencies of wartime. Kentucky college students were already leaving for the military, government posts, or civilian jobs long before Pearl Harbor and the formal declaration of war. World War II had a profound and lasting impact on higher education in Kentucky. The GI Bill in Kentucky suddenly changed higher education in the state forever. At the end of World War II, three studies were conducted that suggested change in the public higher education system of the commonwealth. All the public universities now had their individual charges from the Council on Higher Education. Everyone understood that the heyday of the post-World War II years was over. Enrollments continued to stagnate or at best grow slowly at public universities.

Keywords: higher education; Kentucky; Pearl Harbor; World War II; GI Bill; Council on Higher Education

Chapter.  30930 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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