Read: An Overview of Higher Education in the United States: Diversity, Access, and the Role of the Marketplace. [Note to writer: PDF Document attached]

After reading the Eckel and King article above, discuss the U.S. system of higher education. You may reflect on your own experiences in the U.S. system or your experiences outside of the United States. In your reflection, consider the following questions:

  • What are the strengths of our system?
  • What are the weaknesses of our system?

Your discussion needs to be approximately 300 words. Use the APA style to format your in-text citations and references.


Required Textbooks:

  • Thelin, J. R. (2019). A history of American higher education (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press.  ISBN: 9781421428833.

Required Resources:

  • Bacon, L. (Director). (1940). Knute Rockne–All American [Film]. Warner Brothers.
  • Merrow, J., Tulenko, J. D., Glasser, C., Heus, J., Isaacs, S., Wald, D., & Ryan, P. (2005). Declining by degrees: Higher education at risk. Distributed by PBS Home Video.
  • Washington, D. (2007). The Great Debaters. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).


Required Readings:

Required Resources:

Recommended Readings:

  • Baum, S., Kurose, C., & McPherson, M. (2013). An overview of American higher education. Future of Children, 23(1), 17–39.  
  • Brittingham, B. (2009). Accreditation in the United States: How did we get to where we are? New Directions for Higher Education, 2009 (145), 7–27. 
  • The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. (n.d.). Basic Classification.

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