contemporary example of a social problem either the higher education curriculum or faculty research

[WLOs: 4, 5, 7] [CLOs: 1, 4]

  1. Describe the impact of the printing press on books, library holdings, and the curriculum beginning in the Renaissance period. (Aligns with CLOs 1, 4)
  2. Compare and contrast curriculum and instruction during the colonial, Civil War, and Transformation eras. (Aligns with CLOs 1, 4)
  3. Describe the evolution of accreditation in American higher education and its impact on curriculum. (Aligns with CLOs 2,4)
  4. Compare and contrast the focus of “ Research I” institutions and “teaching institutions” in terms of curriculum. (Aligns with CLO 4)
  5. Evaluate the role of faculty research in shaping public policy, practice, and addressing social problems. (Aligns with CLO 4)
  6. Describe the evolution of instructional delivery and curriculum from the medieval era to contemporary higher education. (Aligns with CLO 4)
  7. Analyze current societal, political, or legal factors which may impact contemporary higher education curricula. (Aligns with CLO 2)

Required Resources


Cohen, A.M. & Kisker, C.B. (2010). The shaping of American higher education: Emergence and growth of the secondary system (2nd ed). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

  • Chapter 1: Establishing the Collegiate Form in the Colonies, 1636-1789, pp. 32-43.
  • Chapter 2: The Diffusion of Small Colleges in the Emergent Nation, 1790-1869, pp. 81-91.
  • Chapter 3: University Transformation as the Nation Industrializes, 1870-1944, pp. 136-137; 143-161; 167-168.
  • Chapter 5: Maintaining the Diverse System in an Era of Consolidation, 1976-1993, pp. 322-323.
  • Chapter 6: Privatization, Corporatization, and Accountability in the Contemporary Era, 1994-2009, pp. 520-523; 529-533.

Lucas, C.J. (2006). American higher education: A history (2nd ed). New York, NY: Palgrave McMillan Book.

  • Chapter 2: Cathedral Church Schools to Universities, pp. 55-58.
  • Chapter 3: Post Medieval Academe: Evolution and Estrangement, pp. 90-93.

Recommended Resources


Bynner, J., Brassett-Grundy, A., Hammond. C, Preston, J., & Schuller, T. (2004). The benefits of learning: The impact of education on health, family life and social capital. London: Taylor and Francis.

McMahon, W.W. (2009). Higher learning, greater good. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University.

Web Page

U. S. Department of Education. (n.d.). The database of accredited postsecondary institutions and programs (Links to an external site.). Retrieved January 30, 2020 from

For this assignment, you will identify a contemporary example of a social problem (as a result of societal, political, or legal challenges) and examine how the curriculum or faculty research has addressed this problem. You will write a three to five page paper providing an overview of that social problem, then detail how either the higher education curriculum or faculty research has shaped public policy or practice (regarding that problem).

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