ERIC Number: ED251059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Integrity in the College Curriculum: A Report to the Academic Community. The Findings and Recommendations of the Project on Redefining the Meaning and Purpose of Baccalaureate Degrees.
Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
The state of bachelor's level study and recommendations for improvement are addressed, along with policy issues concerning college missions, based on the work of the Project on Redefining the Meaning and Purpose of Baccalaureate Degrees. Attention is directed to: the decline and devaluation of the undergraduate degree, faculty responsibility, minimum curriculum requirements, in-depth study, the problem of accountability, and the profession of college teaching. It is suggested that the following nine experiences are essential to undergraduate education: (1) inquiry, abstract logical thinking, and critical analysis; (2) literacy in writing, reading, speaking, and listening; (3) understanding numerical data; (4) historical consciousness; (5) science; (6) values; (7) art; (8) international and multicultural experiences; and (9) study in depth. It is recommended that the Ph.D. candidate should be introduced in a systematic way to the profession of teaching and should demonstrate competence in designing a syllabus and examinations, and selecting reading and laboratory materials. Approaches to encourage college professors to reinvigorate the curriculum are also suggested. The benefits of specialization in a field, as well as interdisciplinary and professional studies, are also discussed. An annotated bibliography is included. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, Annotated Bibliographies, Bachelors Degrees, College Curriculum, College Faculty, College Instruction, College Role, Degree Requirements, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Improvement Programs, Liberal Arts, Specialization, Teacher Responsibility, Teaching (Occupation), Teaching Skills, Undergraduate Study
Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.; EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.; Pew Memorial Trust, Philadelphia, PA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Institutional Mission; Project on Redefining the Baccalaureate Degree
Note: Funding also provided by the Buhl Foundation.