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ERIC Number: ED065107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 8
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Justice for Freshmen.
Marchese, Theodore J.
The freshman year in college is perhaps the most important year for many reasons. It is during the freshman year that students form their attitudes toward college and their studies. In addition, many students make decisions as to their college major, their potential occupational field, or whether or not to remain in college at all. In spite of the importance of the freshman year, the year fails at least as often as it may be said to succeed. This lack of success is due in part to the lack of response of the typical freshman curriculum to student needs. The entering freshman in a college often gets the largest classes, the least experienced and poorest paid faculty, the fewest academic options, the least advisement, the dullest subject matter, the least personal living arrangements, and the most personal rules. The freshman curriculum needs to be revised to enable students to match courses with their interests and needs, rather than taking courses because they contain knowledge that everybody should have. If the freshman curricula were to be corrected now, it is possible that much of the talent that is currently dropping out of college may be utilized by our society in 4 years. (HS)
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Note: Opening presentation at each of the 6 AAHE Midwest Regional Conferences--Cleveland, East Lansing, St. Louis, Racine, Peoria, St. Paul, Sept. 28 - October 12, 1971