ERIC Number: ED065105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Student-Initiated Changes in the Academic Curriculum.
Shoenfeld, Janet D.
The literature on student unrest at colleges and universities cites dissatisfaction with the learning experience as a primary cause of student rebellion. Student charges that many college courses are irrelevant to social realities and needs, and that the traditional structure of the academic curriculum results in a fragmented and superficial educational experience are familiar to all concerned with higher education. Not only has the substance of particular courses and academic programs come under attack, but also the methods of packaging them, such as the A-to-F grading system, the use of lectures rather than independent study, and inflexible course and degree requirements. Studies have indicated that in the past only a few colleges and universities provided effective means for students to design or shape accredited academic programs. Now, however, institutions of all types, sizes, and geographic locations are not merely bowing to student pressures for participation in educational reform, but are actively encouraging student suggestions for change. This paper summarizes results from a survey of student initiated changes in college curriculum in over 230 diverse higher education institutions in the U.S. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.