ERIC Number: ED243377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-23
Reference Count: 0
General Education Reform: A Faculty and Student View.
Watts, W. David; Forbes, Douglas
Faculty and student opinions about general education at Southwest Texas State University were assessed, along with the effect of the matrix administration structure. Views concerning the present requirements and structure of general education were surveyed, based on administration of faculty and student questionnaires. The survey data revealed that the main areas of conflict were between the technical, vocational areas and the traditional liberal arts and sciences. The liberal arts representatives felt threatened by the loss of majors and enrollment, and the representatives of the technical fields of study felt that they were not receiving the kind of support they needed. A matrix model of administration facilitates communication across different organizational structures of the university and leaves authority for decision-making at the top. In determining action, upper administration of each department must consider: commitment to general education, the strength of its major, its mission, and its external environment (e.g., the state, employers). Review of survey data and the matrix administration structure suggest that general education will play a limited role, subordinate to the major. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Southwest Texas State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Social Science Association (62nd, Fort Worth, TX, March 23, 1984).