How does this compare to the challenges that they faced during some of the eras?

How has the emergence of women in higher education impacted the curriculum in terms of women’s studies programs and departments? In turn, how has the presence of women in higher education impacted research? What are some of the contemporary challenges that women in higher education face as students, administrators, and faculty? How does this compare to the challenges that they faced during some of the eras discussed earlier in the course?

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Cohen, A. M. & Kisker, C. B. (2010). The shaping of American higher education: Emergence and growth of the secondary system (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

  • Chapter 2: The Diffusion of Small Colleges in the Emergent Nation, 1790-1869, pp. 76-77.
  • Chapter 3: University Transformation as the Nation Industrializes, 1870-1944, pp. 119-120.
  • Chapter 4: Mass Higher Education in the Era of American Hegemony, 1945-1975, pp. 211-212.
  • Chapter 5: Maintaining the Diverse System in an Era of Consolidation, 1976-1993, pp. 315-316; 333-336; 368-369.
  • Chapter 6: Privatization, Corporatization, and Accountability in the Contemporary Era, 1994-2009, pp. 464-467.

Lucas, C. J. (2006). American higher education: A history (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Palgrave McMillan Book.

  • Chapter 4: From Cathedral Church Schools to Universities, pp. 39-41.
  • Chapter 5: The Evolving American University, pp. 160-164.


Brennan, J. & Naidoo, R. (2008). Higher education and the achievement (and/or prevention) of equity and social justice. The Future of Higher Education and Higher Education Justice, 56(3), 287-302.

Recommended Resources


Pasque, P.P. & Nicholson, S.E. (2011). Empowering women in higher education and student affairs: Theory, research, narrative, and practice from feminist perspectives. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.


American Enterprise Institute. (2010, June 16). Reinventing the American university (Links to an external site.) [Video]. YouTube.


  • Ten key areas – Title IX (Links to an external site.). (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2020 from…


Boxer, Marilyn J. 1998. When Women Ask Questions: Creating Women’s Studies in America. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Boxer, M. (2002). Women’s Studies as Women’s History. Women’s Studies Quarterly, 30(3/4), 42-51. from (Links to an external site.)

Ginsberg, Alice E. 2008. The Evolution of American Women’s Studies: Reflections on Triumphs, Controversies, and Change. Palgrave Macmillan Publishing

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