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Each fall, countless people of various ages, ethnicities, and intentions begin a college education at a variety of American institutions of higher education. Higher education has long been viewed as the doorway to the American dream; a ‘social good,’ in economic terms, that promises benefit to the American masses. Studying under higher minds in traditional and non-traditional college and university settings is an opportunity afforded to nearly any person of ability in the United States. Indeed, higher education touches nearly every aspect of American society, from research and biomedicine to technology and the arts.



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