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New Departures and Higher Education in Wartime, 1850s-1945

Higher education made great strides and expanded enrollment with the influx of women attending college.  By the 20th century, the role of American universities had been defined: doctoral courses were offered, general & specialized courses were defined, and an acceptance prerequisite was established.  Enrollment grew exponentially and colleges aimed to serve its citizens by producing work-ready graduates.

  • First Morrill Land Grant
  • Second Morrill Land Grant
  • United States expansion affects colleges
  • Philanthropy
  • Charles Eliot changes the shape of education
  • Enrollment on the Rise
  • Collegiate Ideal

Generation 8 – Hierarchical Differentiation Between the Wars

  • Transition from elite to mass higher education
  • Teachers colleges were created
  • Junior colleges were created