Mass Higher Education: What Is Its Impetus? What Is Its Impact?
by Kevin J. Dougherty — 1997
The materials from The Condition of Education 1997 nicely document how American higher education is a mass enterprise on its way to being a universal one. With an occasional dip here and there, the share of high school graduates going on to college the following October has steadily increased, reaching 62 percent in 1995 (U.S. Department of Education, 1997, p. 66). Yet, while acclaimed by many, this universalization of higher education raises many questions. Why is it occurring? Is it due to technological imperatives and popular demand or are other forces at work as well? What impact will it have? How much will it equalize life chances? How will it change higher educational institutions?
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