The Way We Classify Colleges Is All Wrong
We talk a lot about “college” in the United States, but we struggle to agree on what exactly the word even means.
This isn’t a new problem. As enrollments exploded in the 1960s, Clark Kerr, then president of the University of California system, wanted a better way to define colleges. Describing them as public or private, two-year or four-year, religious or nonsectarian, Kerr believed, was insufficient because it grouped together institutions that had little in common.
Originally published: October 13, 2021
Author: Michael Crow
Institution: Arizona State University
Published by: The Chronicle of Higher Ed