About EDHI 361 A

This course examines the historical trends that have shaped higher education and the tensions around stability and change affecting colleges and universities. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.


Graduate standing or instructor permission; Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

One cannot understand contemporary higher education without understanding the very different concepts of the Academy which have existed at different times. Therefore, we will explore how the deficiencies of the past are embedded in our present structures in higher education. Using MS Teams as the delivery method, this seminar will expand students' awareness that modern universities, liberal arts colleges, technical institutes, community colleges and on-line institutions are all expressions of past discontent with the traditional Academy. As the changing purposes and functions over the past 800 years have shown, the Academy is capable of initiating profound change and sparking widespread social change as well, all while also displaying stubborn resistance. If higher education leaders want to shape where higher education is headed, it helps to know what has gone on before.

Section Expectation

The seminar's texts, case studies, writing assignments and class activities are designed to engage students fully and complicate their thinking about "change" and "stability" in American higher education. The readings explore the historical roots and philosophical foundations of the Academy, particularly issues of access, curriculum, academic freedom and the relationship between the Academy and society. Case studies developed for this seminar sharpen abilities to draw from texts to make reasoned arguments critical for contemporary administrative practice. Writing assignments and presentations necessitate time for reflection and strengthen skills needed to communicate with colleagues in lasting and scholarly ways. Together these activities challenge seminar participants to think widely and deeply about the university as both an "institution "and an "idea."


Grades are based on active engagement with course material as evidenced by class participation showing evidence of completion of assigned readings, fulfillment of assigned activities (individual/group presentations) and timely submission of written assignments.

Course Dates



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