ERIC Number: ED163872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
General Education and Associate Degrees: A National Study.
Sullivan, Eugene J.; Suritz, Penelope West
A study of associate degree programs in the United States was initiated during the 1976-77 academic year to determine the types of associate degrees offered in each state, the state's general education requirements, and the rationale for any differences in requirements that exist among degrees. State officials from a variety of state governance structures were surveyed, and a number of followup contacts were made. Of the 46 states participating in the study, 23 have some type of statewide general requirement for one or more associate degree programs. Three degrees are offered: the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science, and the Associate of Applied Science. Some states have created a variety of other Associate degrees. In the 23 states having some type of general education requirement, the requirements fall into three structural types: specifically prescribed courses, distribution requirements, and free choice. The future of general education is discussed, and general education requirements are provided by state. Data are also provided on content areas in states with a general education requirement, credit hour requirements by degree, and numbers of associate degrees granted in 1974-75 by type of institution. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Associate Degrees, College Programs, Degree Requirements, General Education, Higher Education, Majors (Students), National Surveys, State Standards
American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.