June 18, 2004
How the GI Bill Changed Higher Education
This year of special remembrance and celebration of World War II holds special meaning for higher education -- it is also the 60th anniversary of the passage of the GI Bill. Its passage in June 1944 was largely unheralded (the Normandy invasion was in full swing), and its consequences totally unforeseen. Nevertheless, the bill almost instantly changed the social landscape of America.
Contemporary political leaders periodically call for a new GI Bill, using the name as a synonym