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ERIC Number: EJ863905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Crossing State Lines: New Models for Cooperation in the 21st Century
Botman, Selma
New England Journal of Higher Education, v24 n2 p28-29 Fall 2009
American higher education is the envy of the world, and it also is the world's most democratized system. But originally, colleges and universities were created for affluent students ages 18 to 22. They were socially, racially and ethnically homogenous. This is no longer the case because today, universities are filled with students of all ages, social classes, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and abilities. Yet the U.S. maintains the same higher education infrastructure that came into being in 1857 when Senator Justin Smith Morrill of Vermont submitted the Land Grant Act to Congress. Signed into law in 1862 by Abraham Lincoln, this law enabled the creation of the land-grant university system that led to the establishment of the great public research universities that serve each individual state. America's challenge in the 21st century is to figure out how to break out of that outdated box, to create partnerships and articulation agreements with educational institutions not only within but also across states. It must think of new ways to reach students. One approach that works, and is being employed at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., is the early college program that provides college courses and credits for qualified high school students, building the K-16 pipeline. Another strategy is to work more closely with community colleges. New England can play a nationally important leadership role by placing the student at the center of higher education's work, not only within universities or university systems, but across the whole region.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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