• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Higher Education

  • By: W. James Jacob & Christopher B. Mugimu
  • In: Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: James Ainsworth
  • Subject:Sociology of Education (general), Sociology of Education, Education Policy

The term higher education is defined as the top-level education opportunity available in society. This definition has changed over time, however. In ancient times, because higher education opportunities were limited to relatively few individuals, the focus of this training tended to prepare individuals for employment in government positions and as leaders in religions. In contemporary times, there are different names associated with higher education, including tertiary education, postsecondary education, college, vocational education, and university education. It is the terminal education experience that equips individuals with the needed skills to function in the workplace and society.

Higher education prepares students for life beyond college by socializing them into responsible employees, functional society members, problem solvers, and critical thinkers. There are two main categories of Higher Education Institutions ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles