ERIC Number: ED200065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
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A Historical Analysis of the Curriculum and Academic Programs at Castleton State College 1961-1979: Implications for the Future.
Forest, Robert F.
The changes and expansions of Castleton State College curriculum from 1961 to 1979 are examined, and projections for the future are offered. The development from emphasis on teacher preparation to liberal arts has taken place at the college during this time period and since the college became a member of the Vermont State College system. The general problem facing the college has been the lack of support for the continued growth and development of its curriculum programs to meet the increasing higher education needs of southern Vermont. Additionally, there has been an increasing movement on the part of the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges away from the traditional liberal arts emphasis and toward more career/professional-oriented programs. After a review of research and literature on factors influencing curriculum development at other higher education institutions, institutional data that reveal influences on past curriculum decisions at the college were examined. Oral interviews were also conducted with faculty and administrators involved in curriculum development of the college. It is concluded that much of the uniqueness of the college in the past growth period has been due to the strong liberal arts core, and that this foundation was necessary for the continued expansion of programs. Specific conflict areas are noted, and options for the resolution of the conflict areas are suggested. Appendices include a list of oral interview questions, notes for interviews, minutes of Board of Trustees' meetings, academic program descriptions, and a list of Vermont State Colleges' academic programs. (SW)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Vermont