ERIC Number: ED218212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun-2
Reference Count: 0
Geography in the Undergraduate Curriculum: An Administrator's Perspective.
Salter, Paul Sanford
The purpose of this paper is to state how one university administrator perceives with deep concern the future of the discipline of geography in undergraduate education, to explain how administrators are being harmfully forced to evaluate academic programs and departments, and to offer recommendations for minimizing these serious threats. Two factors which will affect colleges and universities in the future are a decline in student enrollment and the abolition of certain student loan programs by the Reagan administration. Institutions of higher education must establish contingent plans for quick implementation. They should now be engaged in long-range planning that will identify particular institutional strengths and these strengths should be further encouraged. Pointless duplication and weak programs should be reduced or eliminated. At the present time academic administrators are increasingly utilizing quantitative measures to determine academic program viability. Various forms of quantitative measurement most often determine the survival or discontinuance of academic programs. There will inevitably be increased competition among departments to strengthen their enrollments. The task of discipline identification may affect geography more than other traditional liberal arts disciplines. The responsibility for the survival of geography cannot be placed alone with departments, which face harassment individually. Rather, the responsibility for survival of geography rests with the leadership of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and on a national level. The AAG needs to resolve issues of identification and win acceptance in the public school curriculum by moving in new and different directions. For example, the AAG needs to convince states to include geography in the school core curriculum. Another approach would be to initiate a vigorous professional public relations effort with the national media. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Association of American Geographers; Quantitative Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 1981).