ERIC Number: ED040363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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A Rationale and Role for Independent Study in Higher Education.
Driscoll, William Joseph
This study focused on developing a rationale for special degree programs to improve access to higher education, and on determining a role for such programs. In an effort to learn if restrictive limitations exist in degree programs, information was obtained from the bulletin of the institution in each state which enrolled the largest number of part time students. A review was also made of past institutional response to the needs of part time students through extension and evening divisions. Next came an examination of innovative programs for part time students in the United States and in the Soviet Union, South Africa, and Great Britain. Finally, a three point rationale using the economic, philosophical, and educational bases of an independent study degree program was constructed, and a program outline was suggested. It was recommended that institutions eliminate administrative and academic restrictions that discriminate against part time students (1/3 of the total student population), and that independent study programs be created for students who either cannot be accommodated in existing degree programs or cannot commit themselves to full time study (Author/LY)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Admission Criteria, Bibliographies, Colleges, Comparative Education, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Innovation, Enrollment, Evaluation, Extension Education, Independent Study, Investigations, Part Time Students, Program Proposals, Special Degree Programs, Undergraduate Study, Universities
University Microfilms, 300 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 70-11,719, MF $3.00, Xerography $7.60)
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.
Identifiers: Great Britain; South Africa; USSR
Note: Ed.D. Thesis