ERIC Number: ED165560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
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A Response to Increasing Faculty Resource Constraints: The Development of Umbrella Academic Programs and New Curricular Aggregates from Existing Instructional Resources.
Mandel, Jerry E.; Hellweg, Susan A.
In an era of shrinking financial support for programmatic development as a result of reduced levels of funding from government sources and the concurrent influx of steady state, colleges and universities need to explore new alternatives. Two curricular planning strategies are addressed in this paper in response to this dilemma, one involving the creation of umbrella academic programs under the guise of an interdisciplinary framework, the other involving the reorganization of existing instructional resources into new programmatic aggregates. Examples of each strategy at two state universities are provided. The interdisciplinary example is the Behavioral Science Graduate Program, housed within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at California State University, Dominguez Hills. The second approach is exemplified by a number of curricular programs at California State University, Dominguez Hills and San Diego State University, and it can be applied to any type of program, including a minor, an undergraduate degree program, or a graduate degree program. Their programmatic appeal to students and their cost-effective appeal to the university community are cited. It is contended that both approaches are necessary to retain the development of quality programmatic growth at colleges and universities. This growth is necessary for meeting the needs of students, both in terms of their interests and of their employability upon graduation. (Author/LBH)
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