Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with A. D. Albright, June 6, 1989

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Public vs. private institutions

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Partial Transcript: Some of this I'd like to have.

Segment Synopsis: Albright talks about how public and private schools are different regardless of their quality. He says that private schools have some sort of better look than a public school even if said private school is not a better quality than the public school.

Keywords: Education; Society

Subjects: Education, Higher--Kentucky; Private schools; Public schools

00:03:33 - Educating the public on public and private education

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Partial Transcript: Uh, somehow it's--it, uh--the attention to public education--private seems to be pretty well taken care of, in the public view.

Segment Synopsis: Albright talks about public and private schools and the difference between the two and how they are seen in the public mind. He discusses how private schools are seen as better by the public. He speaks on educating outsiders on the two forms of institutions. He also talks about A&M institutions in Kentucky.

Keywords: Agricultural and mechanical (A&M); Degrees; Education; Institutions; Private education; Public education

Subjects: Education; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Private schools; Public schools

00:05:00 - Explaining and understanding

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Partial Transcript: Now, there aren't too many in the public sector that are gonna understand what we're talking about when we say 'membrane science.'

Segment Synopsis: Albright talks about how not many people in the public don't understand what membrane science is. He uses this to explain how if a person cannot explain something in common terms they most likely don't understand the topic either.

Keywords: Institutions; Membrane science; Understanding of a subject

Subjects: Education; Science

00:10:14 - Cardinal Newman and the concept of universities

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Partial Transcript: Cardinal Newman had a description of a university that, uh, is fairly universal.

Segment Synopsis: Albright brings up a man named Cardinal Newman who created the concept of the name "university" for colleges. After this, University of Kentucky and other schools changed their names in 1966 or 1967. Albright says that if you do not live up to having "university" in your name for a college you are almost frowned upon. They discuss what makes a university, why institutions become universities, and expectations the name "university" holds.

Keywords: Cardinal Newman; Changes; Functioning institutions; Gold standard; Universal; Universities; University; University names

Subjects: Educational change; Universities and colleges

00:17:53 - The organization of Northern Kentucky College (now Northern Kentucky University)

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Partial Transcript: How many colleges did you have at Northern?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, they discuss how Northern Kentucky University was divided and organized. Instead of being divided into many colleges, they were only divided into two and then everything else was its own cluster.

Keywords: Arts and Sciences; Colleges; Educational organization; Professional studies

Subjects: Education, Higher--Kentucky; Northern Kentucky University

00:21:43 - Desire to become a university

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Partial Transcript: And one of the things that also accelerated this, uh, desire to be, um--for a regional university to--or a regional institution to become a university was the, uh, concept of accessibility.

Segment Synopsis: Albright says that if someone has a desire to attend a university to gain more access to education they would go to a university rather closer to home, which causes more to open up. With a college having access to programs to help people become what they want to be they will attend that college, for example, an educational medical center.

Keywords: Academic medical centers; Accessibility; Accessibility to education; Medical centers; University

Subjects: Education, Higher--Kentucky

00:29:04 - Reforming higher education

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Partial Transcript: Well, why don't we do this then? If, if, uh, we cant change everything at once, uh, but we need to, we need to reform higher education at Kentucky, uh, what--the most expensive part of our higher education is probably the medical schools.

Segment Synopsis: Albright speaks on separating medical institutions from other institutions, and how this frightens people in higher education and why it does so. There is talk of having a governing board inside of these institutions. Albright exposes the feelings legislature has towards the subject.

Keywords: Cautious; Disciplines; Higher education; Institutions; Legislature; Medical; Medical education. Governing board; Medical schools; Reform

Subjects: Education, Higher--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Departments

00:35:16 - The purpose and meaning of higher education

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Partial Transcript: Well since, since we're talking in ver--in kind of general terms today about higher education, um, I guess sometimes I'm, I'm, I'm real certain of why we have these places and I real--feel good about what we're doing...

Segment Synopsis: The five main reasons higher education is pursued according to Albright are: health is important to most people (there is welfare in livelihood), everyone wants to be known, being a citizen is valued, there is something to be said for the individual you can become, and people need to be knowledgeable and skilled. Albright discusses why he feels higher education is important and why we have higher education.

Keywords: College benefactors; Health; Higher education; Importance; Important; Individual; Knowing; Knowledge; Skilled; Skills

Subjects: Education, Higher--Kentucky

00:37:00 - Advising the people of Kentucky to pursue higher education

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Partial Transcript: First of all, we already know what's important to most people.

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses how one can be a functioning citizen when they are informed. They discuss how the education system can make us better. They discuss how it spreads and makes us knowledgeable about other cultures and customs.

Keywords: Knowledge because of culture change; Research; Research through professors; Skills; Societies; Understanding; Values

Subjects: Education, Higher--Kentucky

00:42:47 - Connection between education and behavioral patterns

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Partial Transcript: Is there a connection between people getting, uh, more education, better education and an increase in the number of Kentuckians who might use, uh, child restraint devices in their automobiles?

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses how education shapes behavioral patterns and the links between education and behavior. They discuss the educational differences and economic differences between the cities in Kentucky versus other parts of the state. They discuss how societal issues also influence behavior.

Keywords: Abuse; Behavioral patterns; Education; Educational equalization

Subjects: Education, Higher--Kentucky; Education--Political aspects

00:45:57 - Funding within colleges

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Partial Transcript: If, um, if after your presentation on these television and radio stations there after you made you presentation and they had the call-in part of it...

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses the funding of universities. They discuss whether people are getting their money's worth with universities. They discuss how institutions should look at what they are using their money on and programs that need to be instituted. They also discuss the differences between community colleges and universities, and how they use their money differently.

Keywords: Awareness; Decisions; Embellishing; Funding; Humor; Institutes; Legislature; Medical; Money; Overfunding; Statistics; Terms; Understanding

Subjects: College benefactors; College costs.; Education, Higher--Kentucky

00:59:57 - The ideal advocate for higher education

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Partial Transcript: Should an advocate--a, a leader of, of an advocate group for higher education in this state, should it be a--someone out of higher education?

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses the ideal educational advocate.

Keywords: Advocates; Ideal; Leaders

Subjects: Education, Higher--Kentucky; Educational change

01:01:46 - What kind of undergraduate program are we providing?

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Partial Transcript: Uh, well, uh, I think Bob Bell did a lot of good for higher education as, uh, the head of the advocates.

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses what higher education should look like and what new programs should come. They discuss the question, what kind of undergraduate program are we providing? They talk about leadership in higher education.

Keywords: Graduate; Leadership; Undergraduate

Subjects: College environment; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.; Universities and colleges--Graduate work.