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Platt, R. Eric; Walker, Lauren Huffman – American Educational History Journal, 2019
This article presents pertinent information regarding the symbolic significance and historic development of a common symbol that visually represents all of academia: regalia and commencement costumes. It also argues for an enhanced understanding of these important symbols and the diffusion of relevant information to the larger academic body of…
Descriptors: Educational History, Higher Education, Ceremonies, School Uniforms
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Platt, R. Eric; Chesnut, Steven R.; McGee, Melandie; Song, Xiaonan – American Educational History Journal, 2017
Recently, two phenomena have been discussed in higher education-specific media: (1) the prevalence of institutional mergers to promote longevity; and (2) institutional rebranding to improve public perceptions and increase enrollment through enhanced and/or clarified missions (Wexler 2015). Although such has been reported in "The Chronicle of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Organizational Change, Educational History
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McGee, Melandie; Platt, R. Eric – American Educational History Journal, 2015
One of the most well-known and infamous student protests was the Kent State University shootings of 1970. The aftermath of the Kent State tragedy gave rise to protests and riots on hundreds of college and university campuses across the nation. In the American South, only ten days after the Kent Sate tragedy, a very similar incident occurred on the…
Descriptors: Educational History, Violence, College Students, Activism