ERIC Number: ED232748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
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A Comparative Curriculum Analysis of an Associate Degree Program at a Corporation School, a State College and a Community College.
Baker, Jeanette S.
A comparative curriculum analysis was performed of the associate degree, electronics engineering technology programs of the DeVry Institute of Technology (DIT), a corporation-owned proprietary school in Illinois, Lake Superior State College (LSSC) in Michigan, and Mesa Community College (MCC) in Arizona. The curricula were compared in terms of curriculum characteristics (i.e., entrance requirements, accreditation, length of program, instructional methods, scholastic standards, and tuition costs); general education requirements; and requirements in technical courses. The study revealed that: (1) entrance requirements were similar at all three institutions, with MCC having the least restrictive requirements; (2) all three institutions were accredited by their regional association; (3) the program at DIT was almost twice as long as the other two; (4) all three programs employed the traditional lecture method with some laboratory work; (5) tuition costs were lowest at the MCC; (6) DIT required proportionally more units of technical and electronics courses and placed a greater emphasis on mathematics than the other colleges; and (7) general education requirements were similar at all three schools. Study conclusions emphasize the similarity among the three associate degree programs and the unexpected breadth in the curriculum of the corporation-sponsored school. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: DeVry Institute of Technology IL; Lake Superior State College MI; Mesa Community College AZ