ERIC Number: ED271152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Unifying Theme for General Education in Community Colleges.
National attention is currently focusing on the issue of general education in American colleges and universities, bringing to light the need for a unifying purpose and idea. Evidence such as declining test scores, grade inflation, and employer criticisms of college graduates have prompted public laments by academics themselves about the erosion of standards. It has become necessary for institutions to review the needs of their students and their own capacity to satisfy those needs. Using the Delphi Technique to survey its faculty, the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) conducted such a review. Faculty responses to the question, "What knowledge, skills, habits, and/or other attributes of mind or behavior best characterize a well-educated person in today's society?" were synthesized into 111 statements, which were formulated and distributed as a questionnaire to faculty and Student Affairs staff. Faculty indicated that essential attributes included such critical thinking and reasoning skills as "knows how to learn,""is able to bring reason to bear in the solution of problems,""exhibits intellectual curiosity,""assumes responsibility for his own behavior," and "possesses an open, receptive mind." Such characteristics can be developed through either traditional arts and sciences courses or occupational subjects, with good teaching serving as the key in any discipline. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Workshop on General Education and the Mission of the Community College (Princeton, NJ, March 29-31, 1984).