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EDUC511 - Foundations of Higher Education

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC511 Course ID: 5053 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Foundations of Higher Education is a comparative and historical survey of colleges and universities in the United States. The historical, social, and philosophical influences and assumptions that have shaped the growth and purpose of higher education will be studied from Colonial era to "virtual" public and private universities. Major areas of focus include the evaluation of higher education, contemporary issues, and policies and practices that characterize the operational environments of higher education institutions in the 21st century, including governance; equity, diversity, and inclusion; curriculum; and accreditation.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the philosophical perspectives (i.e., ways of thinking about knowledge, education, and humanity) that have shaped contemporary higher education in the United States.
  2. Examine the historical factors that have shaped contemporary higher education in the United States.
  3. Assess how history and philosophy have shaped higher education curriculum models.

Grade Instruments

% of Final Grade

Weekly forum discussions


Higher Education Milestones Presentation


Higher Education Curriculum Paper


Final Culminating Assignment




Book Title:American College and University : A History (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info: University of Georgia Press Lib
Author:Rudolph, F. and John R. Thelin
Book Title:Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.