Salvaging "Academic Disaster Areas": The Black College Response to Christopher Jencks and David Riesman's 1967 Harvard Educational Review Article
- The Journal of Higher Education
- The Ohio State University Press
- Volume 77, Number 2, March/April 2006
- pp. 317-352
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In 1967, the Harvard Educational Review published an article entitled "The American Negro College" by Christopher Jencks and David Riesman. The article dealt a stinging blow to Black colleges—labeling them "academic disaster areas." Using a historical methodology, I show the strategic ways in which Black college leaders and the United Negro College Fund responded, highlighting their attempts to salvage the image of Black colleges.