ERIC Number: ED242378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Redefining the Associate Degree.
This examination of the associate degree and its role within community college education in the United States begins with a historical perspective on the evolution of the associate degree since the beginning of the 20th century. Chapter II reviews the literature concerning the diversity of the associate degree and the ways in which it is perceived and evaluated and stresses the need for general education as an important aspect of degree requirements. Chapter III presents responses from representatives of community colleges, high schools, universities, professional associations and the business community to a survey on the status of the associate degree, revealing a perceived need for change in such areas as the structure of the degree, coursework, general education requirements, specific competencies, computer courses, articulated programs, and better qualified high technology teachers. Chapter IV provides viewpoints from state higher education officers, representatives of educational associations, professors of higher education, principals, counselors, faculty, and administrators regarding the function and operation of the associate degree. Finally, chapter V raises issues drawn from a report by the Task Force for the Redefinition of the Associate Degree. Appendices list task force members and survey respondents. (HB)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, College Curriculum, College Planning, College Role, Community Colleges, Degree Requirements, Educational Objectives, General Education, National Surveys, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 410, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.