“There is not a lot of consensus around the role of higher education in the 21st century — is its purpose to prepare citizens for work or teach them to be thinkers? And how is this different for different types of colleges? Should research institutions be seen as doing one thing, while teaching institutions do another? And where do community colleges fit in? Much of the conversation around higher education paints the institutions, and the students they serve, as monolithic; policy conversations and those from the general public fail to even recognize that different colleges were created to do different things, and may not all have the same objectives. But they are all measured against the same outcomes” (underline mine).
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