Distinctive Characteristics of U.S. Higher Education

Based on the following article, there are some items that distinguish U.S higher education. I believe the most important one is diversity, other than that they mention accessibility, size, competition and autonomy as a distinguishing feature of U.S. higher education in this article. It is a comprehensive article that covers the number of graduate students, and academic faculty in the U.S and also the current challenges in higher education.

http://www.acenet.edu/bookstore/pdf/2004_higher_ed_overview.pdf

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