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ERIC Number: ED187252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Public Service as a Curricular Problem: The Land-Grant Tradition and the Commonplaces.
Vallance, Elizabeth
Curricular considerations concerning extension education to primarily adult and part-time students are discussed with emphasis on courses offered for credit. Some historical notes on land-grant colleges are presented. Seven conditions under which off-campus public-service-oriented (directed to the general public) instruction becomes a curricular question are suggested: (1) when the off-campus program competes with the regular on-campus program for scarce instructional resources; (2) when demands of "public-service" instruction make content and other curricular demands not normally encountered in the regular curriculum; (3) when a public-service commitment suggests a need for new standards in admissions, faculty hiring, grading, and other areas; (4) when outreach programming results in questions that cannot be routinely handled by the structures already in existence; (5) when the student beneficiaries of public-service teaching programs begin demanding something more than simply the courses themselves (academic advising, etc.); (6) if public-service credit instruction threatens (or helps) accreditation by regional or professional accrediting agencies; and (7) when it threatens to become firmly ensconced at the institution and thus to intrude regularly into other institutional decisions. It is suggested that outreach courses present a curricular problem when they affect the established curriculum as in any of the seven ways cited above. Changes resulting from these conditions may take several forms, including changing course offerings available to on-campus students. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 1980)