A Lever Long Enough: A History of Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science Since 1864

In this complete social heritage of Columbia University's tuition of Engineering and utilized technological know-how (SEAS), Robert McCaughey combines archival examine with oral testimony and modern interviews to construct a serious and celebratory portrait of 1 of the oldest engineering faculties within the usa.

McCaughey follows the evolving, sometimes rocky, and now built-in dating among SEAS's engineers and the remainder of the Columbia college pupil physique, college, and management. He additionally revisits the interplay among the SEAS employees and the population and associations of town of latest York, the place the varsity has resided due to the fact its founding in 1864. McCaughey compares the ancient struggles and achievements of the school's engineers with their present-day battles and accomplishments, and he contrasts their instructing and study ways with these in their friends at different free-standing and Ivy League engineering faculties. What starts as a localized historical past of a faculty striving to outline itself inside of a college identified for its strengths within the humanities and the social sciences turns into a much broader tale of the transformation of the technologies right into a severe section of American expertise and education.

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They confirmed its “expenses over sales” have been working for the earlier numerous years at round $3 million in step with yr, with the prices according to full-time pupil emerging progressively. It was once transparent to a person who observed those numbers that merely via bringing a couple of speedy raise in enrollments and making sharp cuts in school may perhaps the placement be reversed. Dean Hennessy gave assurances to Provost de Bary that he was once devoted to either, yet by way of then neither the provost nor the president believed him equivalent to the duty. forty two eventually, extra demanding situations dealing with Columbia at huge within the early Seventies additional complex the lives of engineers and their embattled dean. the 1st got here in November 1971 within the type of a letter from the Civil Rights department of the dep. of work mentioning the collage for failing to supply info testifying to its compliance with identify IX laws about the employment of girls. This on a criticism lodged by way of Columbia ladies staff mentioning statistical proof they'd compiled from catalogs and different collage courses that made a prima facie case for longstanding gender discrimination. The collage used to be now on discover that it should not just need to get a hold of numbers it had by no means felt the necessity to bring together, yet to adopt corrective motion to deal with the underrepresentation of ladies in its hire that these numbers may, to a walk in the park, demonstrate. forty three Underrepresentation of girls one of the university’s colleges was once past dispute. Of the university’s 13 specialist colleges, purely the varsity of Nursing had adequate girls school to flee censure. The legislation and company colleges had no ladies on their schools in 1971. The engineering college had a college of ninety-five participants, all male. confronted with the chance that with out remedial motion the college risked the withdrawal of all federal investment, and brought aback by means of reviews of egregious and longstanding situations of wage discrimination opposed to ladies that got here to gentle, President McGill guaranteed the dept of work and women’s teams on campus that corrective rules will be briskly installed position. forty four This intended hiring extra ladies school by way of Columbia’s faculties, whilst such a lot, together with the engineering university, have been stressed to lessen school measurement. actual, in contrast to a number of faculties and departments within the humanities with wildly disparate gender ratios of scholars and college, the engineering college enrolled so few ladies that it used to be much less open to the cost made from departments within the humanities, particularly English and artwork background, that they gladly approved girls as tuition-paying scholars, qualified their levels, after which refused to rent them as college. regrettably, SEAS, given the shortage of girl engineers, used to be additionally the least more likely to come to the university’s rescue with a flurry of women-faculty hires. It did have the capacity to lease 3 ladies college among 1971 and 1973, all of whom later left ahead of getting tenure. forty five the opposite challenge dealing with Columbia within the early Seventies used to be the deteriorating economic situation of latest York urban and extending doubts approximately its governability and livability.

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