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EDHE6510

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EDHE 6510 Syllabus

History of Higher Education in the U.S.

Spring 2008, Hybrid Course


Instructor: Jeffery L. Wilson, Ph.D.

Location: MGV (Mean Green Village) - B 121

Class meetings: Fridays, 4-7pm (only 4 dates)

Office Hours: M, Th.: 2-5p.m. & Other times by appointment

Telephone: (940) 369-8062

E-mail: Jeffery.Wilson@unt.edu


Notes from F2F meetings

  • Notes, Feb. 1
  • March CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
  • Notes, April 4


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will examine European influences and the historical development of higher education in America from colonial to modern periods. There will be a review of key institutions, events, people and social trends illustrating the continuities, complexities, and changes in colleges and universities and the framework for future directions.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • To become familiar with the evolution of higher education in America from the colonial period to the present day
  • To examine the social, political, cultural, and economic forces that have influenced American higher education
  • To examine the historical and current catalysts for future directions in higher education in the United States

 

REQUIRED TEXTS

  • Cohen, A.M. (1998). The shaping of American higher education. Jossey-Bass.

 

RECOMMENDED

  • Wechsler, H.S. & Goodchild, L.F. (eds.). (1997). The history of higher education.

ASHE Readers Series. Boston, MA: Pearson.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR EVALUATION:

 

Biography Posting 4 points

Journal Postings (3 ea.) 21 points

Historical Significance Paper 30 points

Contributions Impact Timeline (4 ea.) 20 points

Future Directions Paper 25 points

 

TOTAL 100 points

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS

 

Brief Biography Posting (photos optional): Before the first live class session, post a brief biography about yourself. Be sure to include your major and minor, your current position and career aspirations.

 

Journal Postings: Every other week, students will post comments on a particular topic or questions for a threaded discussion, started by the instructor, with class colleagues.

 

Historical Significance Paper: Select an event, a person, a movement, or a social economic change and discuss the impact/influence it had on the development of higher education. Explain the significance of your choice. The paper should follow APA style

including a bibliography. The length is determined by the subject.

 

Impact Timeline Development: As you read and research, when you find an event of relevance to the development of Higher Education in the United States, you will post that to the course WebCT thread that will be developed by the class. Through the semester, this “thread” will grow and evolve to its conclusion at the end of the course. It will be reviewed and discussed in the last live class session.

 

Future Directions Paper: Higher Education is poised at a tipping point. Through scanning of the external and internal environments and with an analysis of historical trends, discuss possible and probable changes in higher education for the 21st Century. What are the catalysts that will cause these changes? Support your predictions with documentation from the literature, but do not be reluctant to create a new paradigm.

 

Dates Assignment(s) Due

 

Wk. 1 Introductions and course overview Biography Posting

Wk. 2 Colonial Period

Reading: Cohen, 9-50

Journal Posting #1

Wk. 3

Feb. 1 FACE TO FACE CLASS SESSION

 

Wk. 4 The Emergent Nation and Higher Education

Reading: Cohen, 51-96

Journal Posting #2

 

 

Wk. 5 Historical Research Paper Work Session – On your on

 

Wk. 6 University Transformation Era: Curriculum, Changing Role of Faculty, Land Grant & Transformation

Reading: Cohen, 97-150

Journal Posting #3

Wk. 7 The Nation Industrializes

Reading: Cohen, 151-174

 

Wk. 8

March 7 FACE TO FACE CLASS SESSION

 

Historical Research Paper Due

Wk. 9 Mass Higher Education: Growth and Changes

Reading: Cohen, 175-222

Journal Posting #4

Wk. 10 SPRING BREAK

 

Wk. 11 Mass Higher Education: Research

Reading: Cohen, 222-290 Journal Posting #5

Wk. 12

April 4 FACE TO FACE CLASS SESSION

 

Wk. 13 Contemporary Era, Emerging Expectations

Reading: Cohen, 291-436 Journal Posting #6

Wk. 14 Future Directions Paper Work Session – On your own

Wk. 15 Trends and Issues for the Future

Reading: Cohen, 437-458 Journal Posting #7

Wk. 16

May 2 FACE TO FACE CLASS SESSION

Future Directions Paper Due

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