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 Start Month Session Weeks
05/29/2023 - 11/03/2023 11/06/2023 - 12/31/2023 November Fall 2023 Session I 8 Week session
06/26/2023 - 12/01/2023 12/04/2023 - 01/28/2024 December Fall 2023 Session D 8 Week session
07/31/2023 - 12/29/2023 01/01/2024 - 02/25/2024 January Winter 2024 Session B 8 Week session
09/25/2023 - 03/01/2024 03/04/2024 - 04/28/2024 March Winter 2024 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




NameGrade %
Discussions 20.00%
Week 1 Introduction 2.22%
Week 1 Colleges and Universities from the Colonies through the Civil War 2.22%
Week 2 The Emerging Universities 2.22%
Week 3 The Advanced University 2.22%
Week 4 The Birth of the Modern University 2.22%
Week 5 The Iron Triangle 2.22%
Week 6 Governance Structures 2.22%
Week 7 Does Education Pay? 2.22%
Week 8 Reflection and Prediction 2.22%
Assignments 50.00%
Higher Education Milestones Presentation 25.00%
Higher Education Curriculum Paper 25.00%
Final Assignment 30.00%
Final Assignment 30.00%

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.