ERIC Number: ED227909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
General College: The Open Door through Fifty Years, 1932-1982.
Moen, Norman W.
General College Newsletter, v30 n4 Feb 1983
The founders of General College, at the University of Minnesota, established the school in 1932 out of a belief in democratic access to higher education, the need to simplify the academic bureaucracy, and the desire for a liberalized curriculum. During its first 13 years, the college assumed and maintained three basic priorities: open admissions, research into student characteristics, and a student- and life-centered curriculum, based in part on the Stephens College for Women model and further developed through foundation-sponsored institutional research. Largely attributable to the skill of Deans Horace T. Morse and Alfred L. Vaughan, between 1945 and 1965, the college gained stability and acceptance, as witnessed by rising enrollments, a steadily declining proportion of borrowed faculty, and administrative independence from the University in 1951. In the 1960s and 1970s, student protests and President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society Program did alter the college's direction, through programs such as Upward Bound and Head Start, though the college had already been tracing the educational path recommended by national studies during this period. Since 1975, in spite of diminished resources, the college has responded to current student needs and maintained its emphasis on educational evaluation. Throughout its 50-year history, policies relating to continuous student research, flexible curricula, individualized degree programs, centralized personnel services, effective teaching, and student-centered programs have helped the college remain faithful to its founding doctrines. (DAB)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. General Coll.