The nature of public universities has changed over time, although their missions have largely remained the same. Some public universities—many of which include large, public research universities—are now considered to be some of the most elite universities in the world (e.g., University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, or the University of Virginia). These prestigious public universities have highly competitive admissions criteria, often requiring very high SAT and ACT scores for acceptance.

Respond to Tobin’s (2009) statement in the textbook about the purpose of higher education systems:

America’s public flagship universities were created to meet the social and economic development of the states that chartered them, to serve as the great equalizer and preserver of an open, upwardly mobile society to provide “an uncommon education for the common man.” Any resident, regardless of socioeconomic status, who fulfilled a standard set of academic requirements, would, in theory, be admitted to one of the state’s public higher education institutions. In principle, the flagship university of the late 19th and early 20th century was an institution that served everybody, but in an era when few people completed high school (and many who did pursued non-college proprietary curriculum), the notion of the “people’s university” was more of a symbol than a reality. (p. 11)

Explain whether you believe the notion of the “people’s university” is more of a symbol than a reality today.

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