History Department


History 303: Research and Writing Seminar in History


Andrew Morris


This paper is an examination of the history of California Polytechnic Foundation during the 1940s – 1950s. A power struggle of private management of higher education and state management existed between the administration of California Polytechnic State University and the Department of Education of California. Julian A. McPhee made his personal mission to extend the financial stability for the University after the massive cuts it suffered in the Great Depression. He would ultimately fail as the other California College Presidents brought back the legal incorporation and revised it to make it under direct supervision of CPSU San Luis Obispo and the Associated Student Incorporated body attached to that University. McPhee estasblished the non-profit corporation to take advantage of government contracts during World War Two. This ran contrary to how the other California Colleges operated as the non-profit operated under extremely little supervision of the State of California and sought to continuously improve its own financial position within the San Luis Obispo.

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