ERIC Number: ED039851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-2
Reference Count: 0
The Innovative Curriculum: Perspectives.
Gordon, Oakley J.
In 1965, the Policy Committee of the University of Utah was asked to evaluate the general education program (the basic courses required for graduation), and to make recommendations for its improvement. Students had found the old program rigid, a hurdle, irrelevant, and taught by left-over teachers. The Committee proposed that a new position of Dean of General Education be established, who have charge of a budget, and the authority to create an undergraduate curriculum. The Dean and the General Education Council, composed of faculty from the university at large, decided that English Composition was the only course absolutely necessary for each undergraduate. Five area requirements were created from which students could choose 4. Students were allowed to receive up to 48 hours of credit for passing standardized examinations. In addition, they were encouraged to write their own programs. Although there was some faculty and departmental opposition, it was overcome, new and exciting courses were created, and the student body seemed much more satisfied with the curriculum. (AF)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: University of Utah
Note: Paper presented at the 25th national conference of the American Association for Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 2, 1970