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Title:The history of Crane: how Chicago shaped its first junior college
Author(s):Sharkey-O'Malley, Kelly
Director of Research:Cain, Timothy R.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Bragg, Debra D.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Pak, Yoon; Baber, Lorenzo D.
Department / Program:Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership
Discipline:Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Crane Junior College Junior College Crane Chicago
Abstract:This study examines the history of Crane, Chicago's first junior college, and the city's influence on its development, growth, and transition, from 1911 to 1933. The study focuses upon both the contextual and institutional history of Crane and includes an analysis of how and why Chicago's first junior college was developed; an examination of the key issues, actors, and organizations involved; and a report on the critical social, political, and economic issues that may have contributed to the development of Crane Junior College. The study is organized into five chapters which are presented chronologically, according to three time periods specific to the organizational cycle of Crane Junior College: development, growth, and transition. A brief account of the relocating, reopening, and redesign of the city's junior college system in 1934 is also provided. The literature, evidence, and findings as presented in this manuscript demonstrate that the evolution of the junior college in Chicago was the result of an amalgamation of issues and influence that had both a cumulative and transformative effect on the city’s first junior college. As such, Crane Junior College served as an important and impactful educational experiment in Chicago.
Issue Date:2016-07-14
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Kelly Sharkey-O'Malley
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-11-10
Date Deposited:2016-08

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