National Higher Education Day is celebrated on June 6 every year to recognize the importance of education in improving our lives. To excel in your dream job, it is important to have the latest knowledge in that field, which can be attained through higher education. Millions of young and old people take time out on this day to make plans to get a higher education and think about the options that they have by researching scholarships, potential career choices, and even doing a bit of job-shadowing.
History of National Higher Education Day
National Higher Education Day was founded by Izamar Olaguez and Marcie Hronis in 2015. The main purpose behind celebrating this day is to motivate students to pursue higher education and make college fees affordable for all. Each year, hundreds of students and universities unite to spread awareness about National Higher Education Day in the U.S.
The federal government signed the Higher Education Act in 1965. The main purpose of signing this act was to improve the higher education programs of educational institutions in the U.S. and offer monetary assistance to students who are unable to afford their college fees.
The Higher Education Act was backed by both the federal and national level governments. Individual states also developed a similar program to support students who want to enroll in colleges and universities for higher educational attainment. Making higher education accessible is the primary goal of National Higher Education Day. This includes motivating and funding students to get enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree program.
National Higher Education Day also initiates various activities, which are continued all year round. It helps students get useful information on how to get scholarships and prepare themselves both mentally and financially for pursuing a higher education degree in the U.S.
National Higher Education Day timeline
More than 200 higher education institutions are established in the U.S.
New western states create colleges for agricultural, mechanical, and military sciences.
Presidents of Ph.D.-granting universities unite to develop policies for higher education
American universities create special training courses for military personnel in WWI.
National Higher Education Day FAQs
What is higher education in the U.S.?
Higher education in the U.S. is the education that you pursue after completing school. A higher education degree program usually takes place at colleges and universities.
Is higher education free in the U.S.?
Unlike school education, higher education is not free in the U.S. Tuition fees can be quite high in the U.S. Those who can’t afford it can seek monetary help through a scholarship program.
What are the five systems of higher education?
The present classification divides higher education into six key categories: doctoral institutions, master’s, baccalaureate and associate’s colleges, specialized and minority-serving institutions.
How to Celebrate National Higher Education Day
Raise awareness for higher education
Celebrate National Higher Education Day by posting about the benefits of higher education online and on various social media sites with the hashtag #NationalHigherEducationDay. Moreover, you can also post interesting pictures related to your education and your upcoming academic goals. You can share how your school, college, or university has groomed you in both your personal and academic life.
Opt for educational counseling
If you are still unsure about your future studies then now is the perfect time to discuss this with a trained professional. Through a professional counselor, you can get the right type of assistance to develop your educational plan and pick the right type of college and courses based on your interests, skills, and abilities.
Become part of an online community
You can join an online community on Facebook or any other social networking site that you frequently use. You can interact with other fellow students who are a part of a similar undergraduate or postgraduate degree program. Through these communities, students get to share free educational resources and help each other get paid and unpaid internships that are specifically offered to college and university students.
5 Facts About American Colleges That Are Worth Knowing
A quirky college club
There's a Squirrel Club at the University of Michigan with more than 400 active members that come together annually to feed squirrels.
Doctor of Amphibious Letters
Kermit the frog was awarded an honorary doctorate from Southampton College.
World's biggest library
Harvard boasts the world's biggest library with over 15.8 million items of reading material.
There are more than 60 female colleges in the U.S.
There are around 5,000 higher education institutions in the U.S.
Why we love National Higher Education Day
Employees can excel in their current fields
This day inspires those working professionals who want to advance in their respective fields. Getting a postgraduate degree can help professionals get familiar with the latest market trends that are in sync with their current fields. Higher education also helps people learn interpersonal skills that can turn them into valuable assets for their future organizations.
It gives tips for finding college scholarships
Pursuing a higher education degree requires a financial commitment. Higher education can be rewarding for those who want to switch to a new field or excel in their existing field of study. However, most students don't consider going to a college or university after school due to a lack of financial support. The good news is that there are different scholarship programs for students that are funded by the government and private organizations. Some of these private organizations are directly affiliated with different colleges and universities of the country. Students can either directly reach out to these organizations or apply for a scholarship program through their college or university.
It appreciates the efforts of college students
This day is also celebrated to appreciate the efforts of students who are already receiving a higher education. Education after school is not free in the U.S. Students are required to pay their tuition fee alongside other college expenses including conveyance and many end up accumulating large amounts of student-loan debt. To pay for these expenses, many students have to do part-time jobs, which again can be quite challenging to manage alongside their studies. This day, therefore, is a great way to appreciate the efforts of these hardworking students and motivate them to complete their higher education.
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