EDU586: Foundations of American Higher Education

EDU586: Week 5 – Discussion 2

Week 5 – Discussion 2

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday). Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Analysis Review Summary [WLOs: 1, 2, 3] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]

Use the guidelines below to create an introduction and summary for your Analysis Review, the final paper for this course due in Week 6. Your Analysis Review Summary should include the following elements:


  • Explain your chosen topic including an identification of the topic category and an explanation of relevant details, issues, and questions.
  • Explain your reasons for reviewing the literature on your topic; explain your stance on the topic.


  • Your summary should be organized according to the weekly themes you explored over the last five weeks, as follows: History of Higher Education (Week 2), Policy Formation and National and Local Law (Week 3), Leadership (Week 4), and Current Events (Week 5). Organize your summary using level headings as explained in the APA Style Elements (Links to an external site.)
  • Summarize the key findings from your inquiry on the chosen topic.
  • Identify any gaps or flaws in the research, theories, or findings in your area of study and offer suggestions on how these could be addressed.
  • Evaluate current thinking on the topic as it relates to the five themes of this course.


  • Conclude by providing insight into the relationship between the topic of the Analysis Review and the focus of your area of interest.

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts and respond to at least one noting that you are reviewing their work. Choose a peer who does not have a reviewer. Provide your initial response by Day 3 (Thursday).  By Day 5 (Saturday) submit a review of your classmates’ work using the rubric from the final assignment. Sustained interaction with peers and the instructor will further the conversation while giving you opportunities to further demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.

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