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ERIC Number: ED246981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Defining the Associate Degree.
Lukenbill, Jeffrey D.
CSCC Bulletin, iss10, 1984
An overview is provided of recent efforts to review and redefine the associate degree, with special focus on a workshop sponsored by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) and the Miami-Dade Community College District (MDCCD) which attempted to sharpen the focus of the inquiry into the definition of the associate degree. First, changes that have taken place in community college associate degree programs are summarized, and the need for a comprehensive definition of the associate degree is stressed. Next, issues that are important to the formulation of such a definition are discussed, including the different types of associate degrees granted; the place of remedial/developmental education; the level of generalization/specialization of the degree; and the extent to which the associate degree curriculum should be prescribed or left up to student choice among courses. While acknowledging the difficulty of establishing a comprehensive definition of the associate degree, it is asserted that the associate degree should be defined in terms of student competency rather than credits earned. The next section of the bulletin focuses on the MDCCD/CSCC workshop, providing a brief summary of the keynote presentation by Robert McCabe; an enumeration of the major questions to be addressed in defining the degree; and the different approaches taken by various institutions in curriculum development, competency articulation, and student assessment. (HB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.