ERIC Number: ED481846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Diversity in American Higher Education.
Weinstein, Andrea C.; Harcleroad, Fred F.
This document addresses how the widespread diversity of American higher education has become a distinctive and defining characteristic of the system as a whole. The goal of this document is to create an understanding of diversity in higher education by addressing the classification of higher education, the foundation and development of the different types of institutions, which constitute the American higher education system, current influences on diversity, and the value of diversity. In discussing the historical development of higher education, the author addresses how starting in 1,176 changes in American politics, social values, etc. shaped the diversity in higher education. The author pays particular attention to the following areas: (1) institutions for women; (2) graduate education; (3) higher education institutions for religious groups; (4) higher education institutions for ethnic/racial groups; (5) two year institutions; (6) institutions for education for the professions; and (7) current influences on diversity including the American government, classification systems, and external agencies. The author concludes by discussing the major benefits of diversity in higher education including increased choices for students, access for students of different abilities and backgrounds, autonomy afforded to different institutions, and allowing for a system that is as varied and complex as society itself. (Contains 65 references.) (MZ)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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