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Cecil Lytle has been a professor of music at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) since 1974. He was appointed provost of UCSD’s Third College (now Thurgood Marshall College), and served in that position from 1988–2005.

As an internationally known pianist, he has recorded and performed avant-garde, classical, and jazz works for the piano. Lytle has won six National Endowment for the Arts Awards, been a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Artist-in-Residence at the Darmstadt Music Festival and the Beijing Conservatory of Music, and was appointed Senior Fulbright-Hays Scholar to the United Kingdom.

In addition to his life as an artist, Lytle successfully led the initiative to establish a model charter school on the campus of UCSD, to attract and educate motivated low-income youth from surrounding communities. Professor Lytle continues to serve as the chair of the Board of Directors of Preuss School UCSD.

The Burden Of Excellence

The Struggle To Establish The Preuss School Ucsd And A Call For Urban Educational Field Stations

Authored by Cecil Lytle

Cecil Lytle, former Provost of Thurgood Marshall College at UCSD, has written a revealing memoir of his 5-year struggle to establish the Preuss School UCSD, a college-preparatory school for disadvantaged children, modeled as an urban "Educational Field Station" to mimic the technique used by the UC system in creating the Agricultural Field Stations that made agriculture one of the chief industries in California. It was a long and contentious process, far more difficult than anyone could foresee when it began, and far more successful when finally realized fully than anyone had expected.

What would become a public firestorm had heretofore been fought within the courtly parlance of a university campus; from behind masks of civility and polysyllabic words, we had played out the ancient transcendental dance between the “haves” and the “have-nots.”

Publication Date:
0615207464 / 9780615207469
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / Educational Policy & Reform

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