Interview with Allan Ostar

  • Identifier1977 OH 013
  • Date3/15/1977
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeOstar, Allan
  • DescriptionMr. Allan Ostar served as Director of the Joint Office of Institutional Research and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges from 1958-66. Since 1966 he has been Executive Director of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
  • LocationWashington, D.C.
  • Time Summary0-6 Introduction
    24-30 First recollections of Martin
    31-43 Functions of American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
    44-63 Martin's philosophy of education; how Martin's life exemplifies the spirit and purpose of state regional universities
    64-99 Martin's role in AASCU prior to his election as President of AASCU; Martin's educational and political experience; Martin's involvement with Committee on Federal Relations
    99-162 Martin's election to AASCU's board of directors; leadership qualitites, growth of AASCU during Martin's tenure as President; how Martin envisioned growth and development of regional institutions within the nation's system of higher education; growth of EKU; Eastern as a "prototype"regional university
    163-185 Martin's sense of humor; Martin's ability to use anecdotes and humor in presenting his views
    185-214 Martin's effectiveness and role in attaining favorable Congressional action on educational legislation; Martin's relationship with Carl Perkins; Martin's role in developing educational legislation
    215-304 Martin's chief interests in higher education: expanding availability, access to higher education, obtaining increased federal funding for higher education, attention to international education; motivations behind trip to People's Republic of China in 1975
    304-316 Martin's selection as President of AASCU
    317-352 Martin's leadership of AASCU
    353-369 Comparison of Martin's presidency to that of other AASCU presidents
    369-439 Interruption
    440-456 Martin's role in growth of AASCU; increased stature of the organization, a most effective spokesman for regional universities
    457-554 Ostar's conception of the regional university, metamorphosis from single-purpose institution to multi-purpose institution serving wide variety of needs; a regional resource for economic and social development; how EKU met these responsibilities, developed its own missions and goals such as Law Enforcement, Allied Health programs, associate programs; Martin's perceptions of these responsibilities
    554-565 Development of similar programs by other AASCU members
    565-622 Martin's role in AASCU since his tenure as president of that organization; Martin's visit to Republic of China
    622-662 Characterization of Martin's personality
    663-684 Martin's role in education
    685-708 Martin's ability to work with fellow college presidents
    708-742 Reaction to Martin's candidacy for Kentucky State senate
    742-781 Summary
    782-844 Establishment of AASCU's distinguished alumnus award during Martin's presidency; presentation of award to President Johnson
  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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