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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!
      * [snip]
      * CALIFORNIA GOV. GRAY DAVIS has signed a bill that will provide
      thousands of part-time instructors at community colleges with health
      insurance and could also compensate them for office hours, a move that
      faculty members at two-year institutions see as a crucial victory.
      * > SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/99/10/99101204n.htm

      This week we have the College Board's annual report on tuition
      at colleges and universities. You can read our story and find
      tuition rates at more than 3,000 institutions at


      A glance at the September-November issue of "American
      Quarterly": Black-college campuses as cultural records
      The locations and layouts of historically black colleges are
      "spatial records" of "the cultural history of race relations in the
      postbellum South," including subtle forms of both subordination and
      accomplishment, writes K. Ian Grandison, an associate professor of landscape
      architecture at the University of Michigan. Majority campuses "are almost
      always designed to accentuate their high purpose," but black campuses
      typically were placed in "black bottoms," the least desirable land that fell
      to black people when cities were settled. So, for example, Tuskegee Normal
      School for Colored Teachers (now Tuskegee University) was built in 1881 in
      Alabama's fertile Black Belt on an eroded spur and its promontories.
      "Turning this way and that with the folds of the land," he writes, it
      creates "a visual display dramatically different from most majority
      campuses." Illustrating another cultural concept in black history, the
      "backway," Tuskegee's major buildings were erected with their backs to the
      public road, just as many black colleges have main entrances that give the
      impression of being a "back way in"-an established reality for black
      servants that carried over into campus design. Similar economic and cultural
      forces led to the location of black campuses on the actual, not just
      proverbial, "other side of the railroad tracks." Black leaders, Mr.
      Grandison writes, often put such deficits to positive use as
      they struggled for social, economic, and political uplift. The
      campus designs, he writes, represent "the necessary pragmatism
      of a people who had to make the best of their financial and
      social constraints." The article is available on the World-Wide
      Web at


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