Social and Political Aspects in Higher Education – EDUC 663

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This survey course introduces students to the major social and political issues and trends facing contemporary higher education in the United States. Students examine, discuss, and debate various perspectives on critical issues at postsecondary campuses.




The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the past, present, and future developments and trends in society as they relate to higher education institutions. Special attention is focused on the college student experience and how institutions adapt to change.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Understand the foundational concepts of social and political influences in the context of higher education.
  2. Describe the primary forces of campus change in relation to students, faculty, and administration.
  3. Identify trends in the American social and political landscape that have shaped higher education academics, governance, and related themes.
  4. Relate biblical principles to social and political issues in the context of higher education and society at large.
  5. Critically analyze historical and current issues to develop insights of the future of postsecondary education.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to at least two other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Brief Papers (2)

The candidate will write a 1,000 to 1,200-word research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on designated topics related to economics and finance in higher education. The paper must include at least 3 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (MLO: B, C, D)

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. (MLO: A, C)

Paper – Debate Case

The candidate will identify a social or political topic directly affecting higher education and will develop a paper that presents opposing sides of the issue. The candidate will provide a one-page overview of the topic (Debate Topic Overview due during module/week 3), and the fully developed paper in module/week 6. APA style is required for this assignment. (MLO: B, D, E)

Poster Presentation

The candidate will prepare a single Power Point slide of sufficient dimensions that it could be actually printed later for presentation at a professional conference or for display at the candidate’s institution. A slide template will be provided for candidate to use. (MLO: B, C, D, E)