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U.S.EDUCATION > The U.S. Education System > Structure of the U.S. Education System > Institutional Organization

Institutional Organization

The individual school, postsecondary institution, or other provider is the competent authority in the United States for nearly all academic matters. There are nearly 130,000 individual institutions in the U.S. education system, including nearly 117,000 primary and secondary schools, nearly 6,000 postsecondary vocational and technical schools, and over 4,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education. These institutions vary widely as to type, ownership, and governance arrangements. For more information, see:

Public and Private Institutions

  • Institutions as Corporations Public Institutions Private Institutions
  • Proprietary Institutions
Primary and Secondary Administration
  • General Information School Leadership
  • Other School Services
Postsecondary Administration
  • General Information Institutional Leadership
  • Other Institutional Services

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