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Academic Leadership Journal

Abstract

When America’s first universities were founded in the 1600s, gaining a degree in higher education was an intellectual right of passage saved only for the most wealthy and privileged. Those few who could attend were destined to become the social, political and business leaders of society. A college education was meant to prepare them for that role. In today’s global knowledge economy and hyper-connected world, many can have an impact on society through contributions across a variety of industries – not just a select few. Higher education today is meant to prepare the masses as they consider a much wider realm of possible career paths that are based on a certain assemblage of knowledge, rather than skills inherited or passed along through family.

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