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A-412 The History of American Higher Education

Julie A. Reuben

This course examines the development of American higher education from the colonial period to the present. It aims to help students understand the origins of contemporary practices and problems in higher education. The class will explore five major topics: (1) changes in the purpose of higher education; (2) the development of diverse types of institutions; (3) the growth and limitation of access to higher education; (4) the relation of higher education to the larger society; and (5) student culture and experiences.

Required for, but not limited to, students in the Higher Education Program.

Details: Time, Room, Links
Semester/Credit Fall 2015, four credits

Days/Times September 3 - December 1, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Room Larsen Hall 106

Scheduling Notes Five required section meetings during class time to be arranged.

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Learning Goals
This course examines the development of American higher education from the colonial period to the present. It focuses on several key questions: How have the purposes of higher education been defined and redefined over time? Why are there so many different types of colleges and universities in the United States? What have students learned while in college? Why has that been valued? Who attended college? Who was excluded and why? What were students’ experiences outside of the classroom? How did those experiences vary? In addition to gaining understanding of the history of colleges and universities, this course will give students a broader perspective on contemporary practices and problems in higher education.







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