ERIC Number: ED180308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Changing the Non-Major Curriculum: Reflections on Process.
Lacy, Gregg F.
Observations are offered on the curriculum of American higher education. It is noted that the curriculum is a major part of an institution's statement about itself, and the societal impact of higher education is likely to be determined more by the kind of people college graduates become than by what they know when they leave college. The historical development of the "major" concept is traced from the last century and recent changes in orientation of curriculum to "outcomes" are discussed. The need to re-examine major programs for relevancy and to find a place for general education courses is presented. It is the area of general education that lends itself to teaching those deficiencies common among college students--lack of verbal and quantitative skills. The changes in general education at North Dakota University demonstrate the kind of reform that addresses the deficiencies. The strategy there was one of "overall thought but piecemeal action," which allowed for change altered as new understanding was acquired. Four models that promote this approach are outlined. (Author/PHR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of North Dakota