An Overview of Higher Education in the United States: Diversity, Access and the Role of the Marketplace
Eckel, Peter D.
King, Jacqueline E.
MetadataShow full item record
U.S higher education borrows its structure from both the British undergraduate college and German research university, but its character is profoundly influenced by major philosophical beliefs that shape American public life. During the 20th century, economic and social changes transformed higher education into a primary gateway to the middle-class, and women and minorities made inroads against longstanding exclusion from mainstream higher education. Americans came to view broad access to higher education as a necessary component of the nation’s ideal as a “land of opportunity.” In this regard, U.S. higher education reflects essential elements of the American character: independence, suspicion of government, ambition, inclusiveness, and competitiveness. This publication describes the major characteristics of American higher education and important issues that challenge it, linking back as appropriate to these essential philosophical underpinnings.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Mitchell, Michael; Leachman, Michael; Masterson, Kathleen (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 2017-08-01)A decade since the Great Recession hit, state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historic levels, despite recent increases. Overall state funding for public two- and four-year colleges in the ...
The Campaign for College Opportunity (The Campaign for College Opportunity, 2016-07-01)This report illustrates the state of California’s public colleges & universities. It includes the governance, funding, financial aid, accountability and system coordination.
Santiago, Deborah A.; Calderón G., Emily (Excelencia in Education, 2015-03-01)With support from the Ford Foundation, Excelencia in Education conducted data analysis and preliminary policy audits in three key states--California, Colorado and Texas-- to consider existing state policies most obviously ...