Reflections on the Public-Private Configuration of American Postsecondary Education

Issue 4

“Reflections on the Public-Private Configuration of American Postsecondary Education”

Jason N. Johnson & Clifton F. Conrad
Page 127-140

Abstract

From the introduction of the higher learning in 1636 to the present, the evolution of the public-private configuration has been shaped by myriad internal and external forces that, over time, have provided both opportunities and challenges to the American agenda of providing access to and excellence in colleges and universities. Along with tracing the history of the configuration, this article explores three popular myths and invites the reader to (re)interpret its meanings and effects.