ERIC Number: ED211138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring the Academic Program: A Systems Approach to Educational Reform at Miami-Dade Community College.
Kelly, J. Terence
In fall 1975 a study of the General Education program at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) was initiated to determine the appropriate role of an open-door community college in preparing students to live in and contribute positively to society. The central assumption underpinning the three-year study was that a General Education program should develop and integrate every student's knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences so that he/she can engage in a lifelong process of inquiry and decision making. To effect this goal a systematic approach to the total educational process was developed involving a "core" curriculum of five courses, i.e., the Natural Environment, the Social Environment, Humanities, Communications, and the Individual, plus second-level courses in the humanities, social and natural sciences and elective General Education courses. The changes in the curriculum were complemented by a commitment to continuously monitor student progress and provide guidance from the time of application for admission to graduation. This involves assessment of student abilities on arrival; the matching of individual skills to appropriate programs; the continuous monitoring of student progress by faculty; and the application of computer technology to provide information to students. Established standards of academic performance are maintained through a system of academic warnings and suspensions. An illustration of MDCC's student flow model is appended. (HB)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Administration, College Planning, College Role, Community Colleges, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Flow Charts, General Education, Program Development, Student Development, Student Educational Objectives, Systems Approach
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL.