Higher Education in Texas
Higher Education in Texas is the first book to tell the history,
defining events, and critical participants in the development of higher
education in Texas from approximately 1838 to 1970. Charles Matthews,
Chancellor Emeritus of the Texas State University System, begins the
story with the land grant policies of the Spanish, Mexicans, Republic of
Texas, and the State of Texas that led to the growth of Texas. Religious
organizations supplied the first of many colleges, years before the
Texas Legislature began to fund and support public colleges and
Matthews devotes a chapter to the junior/community colleges and their
impact on providing a low-cost education alternative for local students.
These community colleges also played a major role in economic
development in their communities. Further chapters explore the access
and equity in educating women, African Americans, and Hispanics.
“This is a strong contribution to the scholarship on Texas higher
education.” —–Matthew Fuller, College of Education, Sam Houston State