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Founding the Future: A History of Truman State University [Paperback]

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In 1867, Joseph Baldwin founded the Northeast Missouri Normal School to train young men and women of the area to teach in the new public schools being established throughout the state. Baldwin believed that teachers must not only be highly trained in their particular field, but must also have a solid general education. Over the next decades, the school continued to focus on training teachers for the public schools, but with an additional emphasis on general education, gradually expanded into other fields of study and professional training.

The college continued to emphasize a solid education as the basis of specialized training in a particular field of study leading to the institution of an assessment program, which resulted in an overall raising of standards. Balancing between tradition and innovation, Northeast Missouri built a strong foundation on providing a superior liberal arts and sciences education in a student-center learning environment. In 1987, Northeast Missouri State University was given a new mission as Missouri's premier public liberal arts and sciences institution. This change in mission was reinforced a decade later when the name was changed to Truman State University.

In Founding the Future, David Nichols traces the university's path as it evolved from a small, regional teachers' college to a nationally recognized, highly selective liberal arts and sciences institution. Insights from faculty, administrators, and students provide snapshots of important moments in the university's history.

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Pages   342
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.9" Width: 7" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 30, 2006
Publisher   Truman State University Press
ISBN  1931112630  
ISBN13  9781931112635  

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Glowing tribute to the evolution of an American front of higher learning.  Jun 9, 2007
Written by former Truman State University director of the graduate program in music David C. Nichols, Founding the Future: A History of Truman State University is an eye-opening chronicle of the proud history of Truman State from its visionary founding over a hundred years ago to modern changes and transformations, such as the introduction of value-added assessment and student reactions. Founding the Future also looks beyond Truman State's rich history toward its future legacy, from study abroad to the development of liberal education outside the classroom. Black-and-white photographs, notes, and appendices round out this glowing tribute to the evolution of an American font of higher learning.

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