ERIC Number: ED310658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Structure and Coherence: Measuring the Undergraduate Curriculum. Curriculum Data Base Series.
The development of a national database describing the real undergraduate curriculum, the courses that college and university students actually take, is reported. Based on analyses of student transcripts from 30 public and private institutions of varying sizes, this report provides a rationale for the database; analyzes student choices across the curriculum and within the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, including mathematics; presents a method of describing the curriculum within and across institutions; and offers preliminary statistical conclusions. The basic finding is that there is a notable absence of structure and coherence in college and university curricula, indicating a continued fragmentation of education. Contains eight references. (KM)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Course Selection (Students), Data Analysis, Data Collection, Higher Education, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Sciences, Surveys, Undergraduate Study
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pew Memorial Trust, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.