Historiography Writing Group Analysis

On Wednesday my committee and I discussed that my writing needs improvement, especially my historiography section.  Both Dale and Dr. Jones said that my historiography is too descriptive and linear, almost like a list of books that are not related.  Together we decided that I need to focus more on creating a web of scholarly […]

Virginia Tech Land-Grant University by Peter Wallenstein

Peter Wallenstein’s Virginia Tech Land-Grant University, 1872-1997:  History of a School, a State, a Nation provides a good introduction to the establishment of land-grant institutions through the Morrill Act of 1862 and their continued presence and growth through the Hatch Act of 1887 and the Morrill Act of 1890.  Wallenstein emphasizes federal legislation as the […]

Papers of John McLaren McBryde, RG 2/5, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Known as the “father of VPI,” McBryde was the first president to have a relatively free hand in developing the academic program, selecting associates, formulating policies, and planning the physical plant of the College. Major accomplishments of his administration included: establishing position of Dean in 1903-04 to aid in administration duties; reorganizing the curriculum and […]

Amendment to Thelin

John R. Thelin’s A History of American Higher Education is the most recent of Thelin’s many books about American higher education.  In this book, Thelin endeavors to “bring together the fresh research by historians” along with a “synthesis of articles, books, and monographs by dozens of established historians” in order to explain the “logic, methods, […]

Virginia Tech History Master’s Thesis Proposal

A Virginia Tech Master’s Thesis Proposal is comprised primarily of 3 parts: Narrative: including the historical question, thesis or focus statement (answer), significance of research, literature review, and personal review of the above. Historical Question—What are you writing about?  What significant questions are you asking and how does your topic address the question? Thesis or […]

A History of American Higher Education by John R. Thelin

John R. Thelin wrote a history textbook about the evolution of the American system of higher education in which he attempts to hit the major issues that policy makers, administrators, students, and parents faced during their own time period.  Clearly, because of the nature of a textbook in which one tries to cover a huge […]