ERIC Number: ED108719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of the 1970 Revision of the Liberal Arts Curriculum.
Eagle, Norman; And Others
In fall 1970, the liberal arts curriculum at Bronx Community College (New York) was revised to provide more flexibility for student program structuring. Analyses of cumulative student progress data for pre- and post-revision students indicate that the revision was successful in increasing persistence and graduation rates; it also seems to have led to higher student GPA's and fewer credits earned. An opinion survey sent to 200 liberal arts faculty members who had been at BCC continuously since fall 1968 yielded 46 responses. In general, faculty respondents felt that the revisions had weakened the structure and academic content of the curriculum; student motivation had not increased and the elimination of prerequisites allowed a higher proportion of inadequately prepared students into the courses. A survey sent to students who had entered the liberal arts program in fall 1968 and who had continued to attend after fall 1970 indicated that the new flexibility operated mainly by enabling students to avoid taking unwanted courses rather than by enabling them to experiment in new areas. A large proportion of the respondents felt that they had not been sufficiently informed of the opportunities opened up by the revisions and had not been assisted in making use of the revisions in program planning. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bronx Community Coll., NY.