A Daily Illini article from May 1968 on UIUC Chancellor Jack Peltason's descriptions of Project 500

Title

A Daily Illini article from May 1968 on UIUC Chancellor Jack Peltason's descriptions of Project 500

Subject

SEOP

Description

A May 18, 1968 Daily Illini article about one of Chancellor Jack W. Peltason’s “Chancellor’s Chats” events where he spoke about Project 500 and SEOP. Peltason painted the program as a facet of “educational reform” and said the program’s qualifications were not racial, but for disadvantaged “people who otherwise might not have this opportunity” for a college education. Peltason explained that the program would feature a high number of black students because African-Americans were disadvantaged as “a result of society's discrimination.” He also drew parallels between Project 500 and the University’s programs for the physically disabled, saying the school’s educational standards were not lowered for the physically handicapped and will not be lowered for SEOP students. Furthermore, he compared preparatory and skill-development courses for disadvantaged students to therapists the University provided for physically handicapped students saying about potential SEOP students, “You don't have to be much of a teacher to teach superbright students” and “It takes a scholar to make a scholar.”

Creator

Daily Illini

Source

University of Illinois Archives

Publisher

Illini Publishing Company

Date

May 18, 1968

Rights

University of Illinois Archives

Type

text

Original Format

PDF document
Date Added
April 30, 2013
Collection
What Were They Thinking?
Item Type
Still Image
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Citation
Daily Illini, “A Daily Illini article from May 1968 on UIUC Chancellor Jack Peltason's descriptions of Project 500,” Project 500, accessed July 29, 2017, http://project500.omeka.net/items/show/63.