ERIC Number: ED061872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar-6
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Less Talk, More Action: The Dangers and Possibilities of the External Degree.
Gould, Samuel B.
This paper, as the title suggests, presents a discussion of the dangers and possibilities of the external degree. There are 8 major dangers that widespread offering of external degrees might precipitate: (1) the deterioration of standards rather than quality education; (2) a proliferation of degrees that might debase the degree; (3) the use of the external degree as a political instrument by legislative committees; (4) the expectations that are being raised in many quarters concerning the degree without solidly developed program plans to support them; (5) the possibility of academic isolation of the student because of the reliance on television, cassettes, and correspondence courses; (6) the grave possibility of lack of relevance in external degree programs; (7) the threat to the future of private colleges; and (8) external degree programs cause debate over what constitutes an educated person, a consequence that may well turn out to be a helpful development. On the other hand, external degree programs: (1) offer a measure of flexibility and diversification; (2) offer the opportunity for individualized learning; (3) perpetuate the philosophy of lifetime learning; (4) increase the possibility of more community involvement; and (5) offer the opportunity of joining academic institutions with alternative systems of learning. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Address presented at Concurrent Session II of the 27th National Conference on Higher Education