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Roslyn A. Mickelson Papers

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Mickelson (Roslyn A.) Papers

Inventory of the Roslyn A. Mickelson papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Mickelson, Roslyn Arlin, 1948-
Roslyn A. Mickelson papers
Date [inclusive]
6.0 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
6 linear feet
This manuscript collection was accumulated by Dr. A. Roslyn Mickelson, a professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, in her role as an expert witness in litigation between the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system and the parents of Christina Capacchione. Other papers include those concerning IBM Education Village and Mickelson's research in school-to-work research.

Preferred Citation note

Roslyn A. Mickelson Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Roslyn Arlin Mickelson was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on April 3, 1948, but grew up in Los Angeles, California and eventually became a naturalized citizen. Mickelson remained in Los Angeles and earned a PhD at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1984. She moved to Charlotte in 1985, where she taught sociology, women’s studies, and information technology. Her interests included the political economy of schooling and school reform, particularly the relationships among race, ethnicity, gender, the educational processes outcomes, and also the transitioning of students from school to workplace. Dr. Mickelson has been a Visiting Professor of Education and Sociology at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (1994) and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University School of Education (1998-1999). In 1997, when William Capacchione’s daughter was denied enrollment in a magnet school in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Capacchiones filed suit against the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education (CMBE), alleging racial discrimination. The CMBE hired a number of expert witnesses to substantiate its claim that Christine Capacchione had been denied enrollment as the result of established enrollment guidelines, rather than race. Dr. Mickelson served as one of those expert witnesses. The case was appealed through the court system, up to the US Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case (thereby upholding the US Appeal Court’s ruling). In the end, the CMBE won the case, due in part to Dr. Mickelson’s testimony and statistical evidence concerning CMS enrollment policies and practices. Dr. Mickelson married Dr. Stephen Samuel Smith, a professor of political science at Winthrop University, in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and had two children—Virginia (born in 1976) and David (born in 1978).

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Scope and Contents note

The Roslyn Mickelson Papers concern five subjects: The Charlotte Mecklenburg School system (CMS), a court case filed against the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education (CMBE) by William Capacchione (alleging racial discrimination); a plan by International Business Machines (IBM) to establish an “education village” in the University Research Park, Charlotte, North Carolina; Dr. Mickelson’s research on the transition that students make from school to work; and papers concerning a national educational summit in Palisades, New York in 1996. Of all of these series, it is the one involving the William Capacchione court case that occupies the greatest amount of volume in this collection. In 1997, William Capacchione filed suit against the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education, alleging racial discrimination against his daughter, Christine Capacchione, when the CMS denied her application to a predominantly Africa-American magnet school. The defense that the CMBE used was its claim that Capacchione was denied enrollment at the magnet school as a result of established enrollment guidelines—not racial considerations. In its defense CMS hired the services of a variety of experts, including Dr. Mickelson. Mickelson analyzed large quantities of enrollment and demographic data (material found in this collection) during the composition of her report and to assist in her testimony. The case was appealed through the court system, and ultimately the CMBE won the case. The next most significant series in this collection is the one concerning the transition of students from school to work. This is an area in which Dr. Mickelson has spent a considerable amount of time and attention, having written a number of academic articles on the subject, and delivered oral presentations, as well. This subject deals with the effectiveness of educational curriculum and seeks to determine whether or not schools are teaching students what they need to know in the workplace.

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Arrangement note

The Roslyn Mickelson Papers are arranged into four series, which are subdivided into subseries. Series I contains papers concerning Dr. Mickelson’s work with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (and especially her work as an expert witness on behalf of the CMS in litigation with William Capacchione); series II: the IBM Education Village; series III: School-to-Work; and series IV: the National Educational Summit In Palisades, New York, in 1996.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2007

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Acquired from Dr. Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, in 2007.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, September 2007.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Personal Name(s)

  • Capacchione, Christine
  • Mickelson, Roslyn Arlin, 1948-


  • Magnet schools--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • School integration--North Carolina
  • School-to-work transition

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Capacchione v. Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education

Academic achievement data

Box Folder


1 1


1 2


1 3


1 4


1 5


1 6


1 7


1 8


1 9


1 10


1 11


1 12


1 13


1 14


1 15-16


1 17-19


1 20-25


2 1-2


2 3


2 4-9


2 10


2 11-20


3 1-4


3 5-6


3 7

Longitudinal Reports

3 8-9
Box Folder

Cases involving CMBE

3 10-11

Class Counts


Box Folder


3 12

Summary by School

3 13


Box Folder


3 14

Summary by School

3 15


Box Folder


3 16

Summary by School

3 17

Court Documents (arranged chronologically)

Box Folder


3 18


3 19

1999 Feb

3 20

1999 Apr

3 21-23

1999 May 5

3 24

1999 May 6

4 1

1999 May 11-26

4 2

1999 Jul

4 3-4

1999 Nov-Dec

4 5

2000 Feb

4 6

2000 May

4 7

2000 Nov

4 8


Box Folder

Mickelson'e resume

4 9

Mickelson's Exhibits-Reports

4 10

Defendant's Exhibits

4 11-29

Plaintiff's Intervenor #9

4 30

Reports by Expert Witnesses

Box Folder

Armor, David J.

4 31

Clark, William A.V.

4 32

Natriello, Gary

4 33

Oakes, Jeannie

4 34-35

Peterkin, Robert

4 36-37

Smith, Stephen S.

4 38

Stevens, Leonard B.

4 39

Trent, William T.

4 40
Box Folder

Student Assignment Policy

4 41
Box Folder

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Education Foundation

5 1

Charlotte Process: Reclaiming Our Legacy

5 2


5 3

Teacher data 1991-1992

5 4

Technical High School Report 1996

5 5

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Series II: IBM - Education Village

Box Folder


5 6

Charts, Diagrams & and Maps

5 7


5 8

Meetings and Memos

5 9


5 10

Tax information

5 11

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Series III: School-to-Work (STW) Transition

Box Folder

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations

5 12

Articles about STW:

Box Folder

Academic (see appendix)

5 13-19

Popular Media

5 20-21
Box Folder

Business and Education Conference, Boston, MA 1997

5 22-23

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce-Task Force on Education and Employment

Box Folder


6 1

Draft Reports

6 2

Final Report 1988

6 3
Box Folder

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School-to-Career Partnership

6 4

Correspondence 1989-1999

6 5

Education Policy Analysis Archives

6 6

Educational Quality of the Workforce

6 7

Emerging Investment Opportunity in Education

6 8

Employer Practices

6 9

Institution for Research on Educational Finance and Governance

6 10


6 11


6 12

Job Skill Needs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg

6 13


6 14

Miscellaneous data runs

6 15-16


6 17

Steady Work: Policy, Practice and Reform

6 18

Workforce 2000

6 19

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Series IV. National Education Summit 1996

Box Folder

National Education Summit, parts 1-3

6 20-22

National Education Summit, media articles

6 23

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