ERIC Number: ED287407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May-1
Reference Count: 0
The Undergraduate Curriculum: Who Is in Charge?
Enarson, Harold L.
Perspectives on the undergraduate curriculum are offered at a faculty convocation by the President Emeritus of Ohio State University. Criticisms of the content and quality of college studies are noted. It is suggested that for the most part today's curriculum reflects the legacy of the 1960s and 1970s by emphasizing the individual's right to choose as well as variety and diversity. It avoids serious discussion of social issues and controversy, and the faculty has largely abdicated its responsibility for the design of the curriculum. Important educational goals are for graduates to understand the role of art and literature in illuminating the human condition, to have empathy for the poor, and to develop civic pride and responsibility. Currently colleges are reassessing and modifying their curricula and the government is asking higher education to define quality and measure college and student performance. The political pressure for student assessment results from discontent with today's college graduates. However, improved quality is attained in the private world of professors. While there is not all-purpose model curriculum, it is enough to toughen requirements, trim electives in the general education listing, and put together options that have rigor. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toledo Univ., OH.
Note: An address by the President Emeritus of Ohio State University.