ERIC Number: ED055967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
Reference Count: 0
New Dimensions for the Learner; A First Look at the Prospects for Non-Traditional Study.
Gould, Samuel B., Ed.; And Others
This is a progress report on the first 6 months activity of the Commission on Non-Traditional Study which was established: 1) to examine all aspects of non-traditional postsecondary education, including the external degree, now in operation or being planned; 2) to evaluate the desirability and feasibility of such study; 3) to identify the inadequacies in current data necessary for intelligent decision making and to press for correction of such inadequacies; 4) to make recommendations for creating whatever additional machinery seems appropriate to strengthening the guarantees of quality in these forms of education; 5) to explore the possibility of additional experimental models; and 6) to assure easy accessibility to the large body of information that is presently unsystematized. The Commission has found great interest in non-traditional education, although the term is difficult to define accurately, and the subject matter for non-traditional study is still largely unexplored. Some conclusions are that the philosophy of full opportunity in education should be fostered, that changes should be made by an evolutionary process rather than by radical upheaval, and that special attention should be paid to counseling and guidance for the potential student. More data gathering and other research are necessary and special agencies should be created to deal with accreditation and non-traditional curricula. (MBM)
Descriptors: Degree Requirements, Educational Opportunities, Experimental Curriculum, Postsecondary Education, Special Degree Programs
Commission on Non-Traditional Study, 888 Seventh Avenue, New York 10041
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Commission on Non-Traditional Study, New York, NY.