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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EDF7530
Tracking Number - 2082

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2003-05-15
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2003-05-16
  2. Department: Psychological and Social Foundation
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: 172500000
  5. Contact Person: Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
  6. Phone: 9748119
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EDF
  9. Number: 7530
  10. Full Title: History of Higher Education in the United States
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): History of Higher Ed in the US
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: EDF 6517, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: Historical overview of American higher education from Colonial period to present. History of undergraduate curriculum, changing purpose of higher ed, and growth in hierarchical categorization of higher ed as college became more accessible to students.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: xxx
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? xxx
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? xxx
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) xxx
  29. Objectives: To use historical methods in library research and text analysis as a means for using history to inform decisions about the future.

    To understand and identify with regard to post-secondary education in the United States:

    i) the evolution of the distinction between secondary and post-secondary education

    ii) the growth and changes in the ideals of research and service

    iii) the complexity of the historic and current struggles for full inclusion relating to race, class, ethnicity and gender.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Student Outcomes and Assessment:

    1) Oral and written evidence of comprehension, integration and elaboration of the concepts presented in class discussion, required readings, and lectures.

    i) Participation in seminar discussion

    ii) Independent library or other research

    iii) Class presentation on an approved research topic in the history of American higher education

    2) Formal writing

    i) Book review essays

    ii) Major term paper which enables students to do independent research on course topics in which they are particularly interested

  31. Major Topics: Course Topics:


    i) Beginnings: Organization, scholarship, and student life in colleges of the Colonial Period and Early Republic

    ii) Multiplication and differentiation of Nineteenth-Century colleges: “The Great Retrogression” controversy

    iii) Other forms of Nineteenth-Century “higher” education: academies, high schools, female seminars, and normal schools


    i) The rise of the elective system, research and the service ideal

    ii) Campus life: fraternities, athletics and youth culture

    iii) African American colleges and women’s colleges: Questions of integration and coeducation

    iv) Differentiating “upper” from “lower” education and the arrival of the Community College

    v) World War II, the G.I. Bill, and the Truman Commission


    i) The “Multiversity” and the Cold War: Research, service, and academic freedom

    ii) The “Multiversity,” G.I.’s and the Baby Boom: Toward a mass system of post-secondary education

    iii) The college student movement: protests, curriculum

    iv) The Community College: A “diverted dream”?

    v) Rise and growth of the research university and its relationship to federal and private funding

    vi) Affirmative Action and “political correctness”

    vii) Multiculturalism and the inclusion of "others"

    viii) Issues facing post-secondary education in the Twenty-First Century.

  32. Textbooks: Brint, Steven, and Jerome Karabel. The Diverted Dream: Community Colleges and the Promise of Educational Opportunity in America, 1900-1985. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

    Geiger, Roger L. To Advance Knowledge: The Growth of the American Research University 1900-1940. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

    Rudolph, Frederick. The American College & University: A History. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1962, 1990.

    Solomon, Barbara Miller. In the Company of Educated Women: A History of Women in Higher Education in America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

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