ERIC Number: ED175355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Maximizing the Instructional Process: A Model for the Design of Graduate Degree Programs.
Hellweg, Susan A.; Churchman, David A.
A model for an interdisciplinary graduate degree program based on the Behavioral Science Graduate degree program at California State University at Dominguez Hills is described. In light of the declining resources available to higher education institutions it is recommended that curricular programs be accountable and responsive to the needs of the students and the community and emphasize flexibility and cost effectiveness. The importance of considering student interests, available faculty and facilities, and marketability of graduates when developing a graduate program is emphasized. The program described allows students to choose among three options in an effort to provide greater professional mobility and academic preparation. Faculty from several departments are utilized, stimulating interdepartmental communication and effective use of resources. The courses are sequential and allow for completion of eight specific objectives and facilitate program evaluation. A set of core courses provides fundamental skills enabling students to master other skills in subsequent courses. A graduate student association, viewed as an essential aspect of the program, provides peer support and a mechanism for faculty and student interchange. It is suggested that this type of a program maximizes the instructional process and responds to the needs of faculty, students, administrators, and the community. Courses included in the Behavioral Science Graduate Program are described and an evaluation matrix for the program is included. (Author/SF)
Descriptors: Behavioral Sciences, College Curriculum, College Faculty, Conference Reports, Core Curriculum, Cost Effectiveness, Curriculum Design, Degree Requirements, Departments, Faculty Workload, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Innovation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Masters Degrees, Models, Nontraditional Education, Program Descriptions, School Community Relationship, Student Interests
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California State University Dominguez Hills
Note: Paper presented at the Society for College and University Planning Conference (Kansas City, Missouri, July 1979); Figure 1 (Evaluation Matrix for the Behavioral Science Graduate Program) may not reproduce well due to marginal legibility of original