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ERIC Number: ED027846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-27
Pages: 10
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Changes in Graduate Education at the University of Iowa.
Scaff, Alvin H.
The increasing graduate student enrollment and the growing size of departments have posed some crucial questions about the preservation of quality in graduate education at the University of Iowa's Graduate College. In 1966, the graduate faculty adopted a more selective admissions policy, and ruled that final decisions upon graduate admission be made in the department provided the minimum college-wide standards had been met. Changes in the content of graduate programs include the elimination of the thesis requirement for master's degrees, and the reduction of formal courses in doctoral programs in favor of more independent study and research. In the drive for relevance, cogency and efficiency, some required foreign languages such as French and German have been found to be less useful than others such as Spanish or Russian. Some departments have therefore dropped the requirement of 2 languages and now require the study of 1 language in depth, that language being one closely related to the student's special field. Another development has been the formation of a graduate student senate in the Fall of 1968. This may be the first group at a US university that gives graduate students in all departments, rather than those in specialized disciplines only, a voice in discussions about their education. (WM)
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Note: Speech broadcast over WSUI, University of Iowa radio station, November 27, 1968.