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ERIC Number: ED252171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Campus Trends, 1984. Higher Education Panel Report Number 65.
Trends in curricular review and admissions and graduation requirements at U.S. colleges and universities are examined, based on survey responses from 413 institutions. Data from these institutions were weighted to represent 2,623 four- and two-year institutions. It was found that almost all institutions are in the midst of curriculum change, involving new general education requirements and greater emphasis on student competencies and skills. Close to half of the schools are reviewing or recently completed a review of admission requirements. The aim is to raise or be more specific about requirements or to review the role of test scores in the admissions process. Additional findings include the following: 4 out of 10 institutions have institution-wide writing requirements; about 2 in 10 four-year colleges and universities require foreign language study; 62 percent of the institutions have programs focusing on student retention; 76 percent of colleges with teacher education programs have tightened their standards in recent years; and close to half offer credit and noncredit courses on business premises for business employees. Tables of the statistical findings along with a narrative summary are provided, along with the survey questionnaire and a description of the weighting methodology. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Admission Criteria, College Admission, College Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Change, Graduation Requirements, Higher Education, National Surveys, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Trend Analysis
American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Higher Education Panel.