ERIC Number: ED348074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Washington Center for the Improvement of the Quality of Undergraduate Education. Final Report to the Ford Foundation, 1986-88. Volume I: Institutional Self Study.
Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education.
This report describes and evaluates the activities undertaken by the Washington Center for the Improvement of the Quality of Undergraduate Education between 1986 and 1988. The goal of the Center is to improve undergraduate education through five central activities: (1) assisting participating two- and four-year colleges in the establishment of programs built on a "collaborative learning communities" model, a broad term for a variety of interdisciplinary approaches; (2) inter-institutional faculty exchanges; (3) a small seed grant program to assist colleges in curriculum or program development; (4) conferences and seminars on "learning communities," critical thinking instruction, and other effective approaches to undergraduate education; and (5) technical assistance to colleges. In addition to presenting the history and objectives of the Center, this report describes the methods used to evaluate the Center's activities and discusses outcomes. General comments on the Center's impact on faculty, students, and institutions are provided, as well as a more detailed assessment of the "learning communities" programs. Information is presented about the ways in which students became aware of the program and the influences on their decision to enroll, ways in which students in learning community programs differed from students in traditional programs, the attitudes, values, and intellectual development of these students, and 38 steps in developing successful learning community programs. The final section of the report considers ways in which the Center can continue to support the campus-based programs it has initiated. A study of the intellectual development of students in the programs is appended, as well as readings that describe the origins of the Washington Center, its structure, and its influence on faculty development and curricular reform in Washington State. (AYC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Consortia, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Teacher Exchange Programs, Teacher Workshops, Technical Assistance, Two Year Colleges, Undergraduate Study, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education.
Identifiers: Learning Communities; Washington
Note: For "Volume II: Washington Center Activities, 1985-88," see JC 890 315.