Grants have played a key role in the growth of the educational sector in the United States and abroad, and in supporting research within educational institutions. Grants have not as yet, however, been a large or integral part of the proliferation and growth of distributed education. This may be due partly to the organic nature of distributed education's emergence within the educational sector, growing, for the most part, out of traditional educational institutions as an extension of the classroom delivery of educational matter. This entry focuses on grants and grant making in higher education, with reference to distributed education, and on the relationship between foundations and institutions of higher education.


Grants are a distinct form of philanthropy. A grant may be defined as a legally sanctioned ...

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