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Author Slaton, Amy E., 1957-

Title Race, rigor, and selectivity in U.S. engineering : the history of an occupational color line / Amy E. Slaton.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  620.0071173 SLAT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 281 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Identity and Uplift: Engineering in the University of Maryland System in the Era of Segregation -- 3. The Disunity of Technical Knowledge: Constructions of Racial Difference in Separate but Equal Engineering Education -- 4. Opportunity in the City: Engineering Education in Chicago, 1960-1980 -- 5. Urban Engineering and the Conservative Impulse: Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology -- 6. Race and the New Meritocracy: Engineering Education in the Texas A&M System, 1980 to the Present -- 7. Standards and the "Problem" of Affirmative Action: Departures from Convention in the TAMU System -- 8. Conclusion.
Summary "Despite the educational and professional advances made by minorities in recent decades, African Americans remain woefully under-represented in the fields of science. technology, mathematics, and engineering. Even at its peak, in 2000, African American representation in engineering careers reached only 5.7 percent, while blacks made up 15 percent of the U.S. population. Some forty-five years after the Civil Rights Act sought to eliminate racial differences in education and employment. what do we make of an occupational pattern that perpetually follows the lines of race?" "Race, Rigor, and Selectivity in U.S. Engineering pursues this question and its ramifications through historical case studies. Focusing on engineering programs in three settings - in Maryland, Illinois. and Texas, from the 1940s through the 1990s - Amy E. Slaton examines efforts to expand black opportunities in engineering as well as obstacles to those reforms. Her study reveals aspects of admissions criteria and curricular emphases that work against proportionate black involvement in many engineering programs. Slaton exposes the negative impact of conservative ideologies in engineering. and of specific institutional processes - ideas and practices that are as limiting for the field of engineering as they are for the goal of greater racial parity in the profession."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Engineering -- Study and teaching -- United States -- History.
Discrimination in education -- United States -- History.
Variant Title Race, rigor, and selectivity in United States engineering.
ISBN 9780674036192 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0674036190 (hardcover : alk. paper)