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Spring 2014-2015
SOC 359 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Higher Education and Society

Matthew C. Lawrence

Is higher education still a pathway to opportunity? This course will examine issues related to college access, aid, and accountability. We will begin by reviewing recent research on topics such as: the changing demographics of students, the definition of "merit" in admissions, the challenges of assessment, and student loan debt. We will consider how college is increasingly associated with later outcomes such as income, occupation, health, and family formation. We will also discuss the politics of higher education reform and whether innovations like online courses can reshape the future of postsecondary schooling.

Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
80-120 pages of reading per week (some quantitative). Literature Review. Final paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42960 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Frist Campus Center   309   Enrolled:17 Limit:15 Closed