ERIC Number: ED130575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Changing Practices in Undergraduate Education. A Report for the Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education.
Blackburn, Robert; And Others
Curriculum, in its most common meaning, is a set of requirements that constitute an academic program. This study is concerned with what has been happening to undergraduate education in the United States in terms of curriculum. Phase I of the study examines degree requirements in 1967 and 1974 with regard to the specified minimum number of credit hours and the proportion of overall degree requirements that represent breadth and depth; the proportion of a degree represented by general education; the structure of the general education component; the content; and some of the historically basic components of general education. The major or depth component of a degree is examined with respect to the number of courses required for the major, their structure, and content. Differences among institutions are analyzed by institutional type or level, selectivity of students, and public or private control. Phase II employs transcript analysis for a selected number of institutions to determine the extent to which student course-taking actually agreed with the requirements stated in the catalogs, and to ascertain whether there had been a change since 1967 in the extent of student specialization. The findings indicated a minor decrease in number of required hours, which was accompanied by an appreciable shift toward specialization, as demonstrated by the increase in number of electives chosen by students in their field of concentration. (JMF)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, College Credits, College Students, Courses, Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Research, Degree Requirements, General Education, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Program Content, School Catalogs, Specialization, Undergraduate Study
Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education, 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, Calif. 94794 ($4.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education, Berkeley, CA.