Institutions Of Higher Learning. An Institution Of Higher

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Institutions of higher learning An institution of higher learning is defined as a place that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs (Barrow, Brock, & Rouse, 2013). In the United States they date back to before the American Revolution, and have continually adapted to meet the needs of learners (Barrow, Brock, & Rouse, 2013). For example, institutions of higher learning are always incorporating new programs and working towards creating a quality learning environment. In the 21st century institutions of higher learning have moved in the direction of making a higher education more available and now have the ability to reach local learners and learners on the other side of the world (Alexey, 2016). Initially most United States…show more content…
While the College of William and Mary focused on preparing learners for ordination into the Church of England, they were the first institution of higher learning to have full time faculty. Harvard University maintained a small amount of faculty that were well known for their knowledge, and by 1782 added medical studies (Harvard University, 2016). Harvard University is also well known for buildings originally built in the 18th century that are still standing. For example, Massachusetts Hall, built in 1720 and Wadsworth House build in 1726 (Harvard University, 2016). Buildings built during the 17th century that did not survive and have their original locations marked with brass markers. The College of William and Mary is known for the Sir Christopher Wren Building, which is the oldest college building still standing (Fishman, 2015). During the 19th century, Harvard University added additional programs and celebrated its bicentennial. Harvard’s 15th President Josiah Quincy displayed a new university shield with the motto “Veritas” at the universities 200th birthday celebration, the shield was officially adopted in 1843 (Christen, 2013). Quincy remained the university 's president from 1829 to 1845, during a time when teaching methods evolved and a larger variety of courses became available. During Quincy’s time as President, students had more freedom to select courses of their choice and the use of lectures replaced the
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