History 303: Research and Writing Seminar in History
The goal of this paper is to examine the effects of World War II on higher education, specifically California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. WWII completely changed the dynamics of the school from the years 1939-1946 bringing in various federal programs as well as Naval programs to help support the school during financial hardship. Although the changes were not always liked by the students, or by the faculty and staff, they were necessary to keep Cal Poly up and running. Similar processes were happening at other colleges around the country as many of them faced similar financial problems as Cal Poly. The war ushered in a period of change that is interesting to look back on in the present day as a unique time in our nation’s history.