ERIC Number: ED028695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Undergraduate Curriculum Trends
Dressel, Paul L.; DeLisle, Frances H.
Catalogs of 322 US colleges and universities for the years 1957 and 1967 were analyzed to determine the range and frequency of prevailing undergraduate curricular practices on a national level. The institutions chosen for the study were representative as to type, control, size, geographic location, and accreditation region in proportion to the total in each of these categories in the US. Findings revealed that undergraduate curricular requirements as a whole have changed very little in 10 years. There are definite trends toward the reduction in specific requirements in particular subjects, resulting in an increased degree of flexibility for students in how they fulfill requirements. To a limited extent, mathematics and the natural sciences have assumed a stronger position in the curriculum, and history, philosophy, and religion are now more commonly used as alternatives in a distribution requirement instead of being given the preferred position as specific requirements. The most marked curricular changes are in those aspects which have been labelled as individualization: study abroad, work study, community service, honors, independent study, and comprehensive examinations. In most cases, requirements were restated in terms of new patterns of organization and course offerings and updated to include new disciplines. (WM)
Descriptors: Course Organization, Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices, Higher Education, Social Change, Undergraduate Study
American Council on Education, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($2.00)
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Sponsor: Danforth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.