The Quest to Define Collegiate Desegregation: Black Colleges, Title VI Compliance, and Post-Adams Litigation

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Appendix B: A Note on
Methodology

The challenge of weeding through decades of litigation, literature, and ideas about collegiate desegregation is daunting. However, the need for clear, concise analysis of this educational issue must outweigh any inhibitions about the amount of research energy required. Initially, the issue of collegiate desegregation was broad, amorphous, and decontextualized. As such, I employed several strategies to insure feasibility, integrity, and reliability.

I soon discovered that the questions surrounding Title VI compliance were best answered through historical and hermeneutical methods. To maximize the utilization of these methods regarding the complex issue of collegiate desegregation, an understanding of certain key concepts was essential. The conceptual notions of public administration and of jurisprudence were of fundamental importance to this legal and historical policy study of higher education Title VI compliance.


PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND JURISPRUDENCE

Classic public administration emphasizes developing and strengthening institutions that have been designed to implement governmental policy and services, as well as deal with social problems. The public administration focus, however, has tended to drift from the problem to the institution. Public administration is not a social science or a discipline, but an application of social science (and

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The Quest to Define Collegiate Desegregation: Black Colleges, Title VI Compliance, and Post-Adams Litigation
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • An Introduction to the Quest xv
  • 1 - Black Colleges and Desegregation 1
  • 2 - The Unfinished Quest for Compliance 17
  • 3 - Desegregation Litigation Reborn 29
  • 4 - Legal Standards for Compliance 55
  • 5 - Challenges to Compliance 71
  • 6 - Defining Collegiate Desegregation 89
  • Afterword: Racial Balance Versus a Unitary System 107
  • Appendix A: Glossary of Legal Terms 115
  • Appendix B: A Note on Methodology 119
  • Bibliography 137
  • Index 157
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