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History of American Higher Education by Margaret Cain McCarthy

History of American Higher Education

Part of the Peter Lang Primer Series


History of American Higher Education by Margaret Cain McCarthy

History of American Higher Education documents the fascinating evolution of American colleges and universities, touching on the historical events that shaped them, from the colonial era through the early twenty-first century. Throughout history, higher education has played an important role in the transmission of cultural identity from one generation to the next. This book outlines how, as the colonists transitioned from English rule to independence, a unique American culture began to develop and institutions of higher education evolved to prepare leaders with the intellectual and practical skills necessary to build a nation. Eventually, faith in science created an expansive knowledge industry, and the notion that an educated citizenry was required for an effective democracy expanded and diversified educational opportunities. Complete with a bibliography, this primer is an excellent and comprehensive source of information on the history and organization of higher education in the United States.

About the Author

Margaret Cain McCarthy earned her PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo and currently serves on the faculty at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. As a member of the Department of Graduate Education and Leadership, she has taught history of higher education in the United States, legal issues in higher education, and issues and problems in higher education at the graduate level.

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Publication date

28th April 2011


Margaret Cain McCarthy

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Peter Lang Publishing Inc


166 pages


History of the Americas
Social & cultural history
Philosophy & theory of education
Public administration



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