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ERIC Number: ED311767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-15
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Reform and Renewal of Undergraduate Education. Invitational Talk [Presented at] Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Enarson, Harold L.
The quality of undergraduate education is presented as the key issue confronting colleges and universities nationwide, and it is noted that college faculty can do much to enhance the curriculum. It is up to them to see that the curriculum accomplishes the educational purpose it espouses and that it maintains integrity and coherence. However, when in school, doctoral students are often told by senior faculty members to concentrate on research and stay away from committees. Many advanced students graduate with no understanding of the faculty senate or curricular matters, and never have to deal with ethical issues or the obligations of citizenship in a democracy. The 1960s left a mixed legacy, and students became increasingly unprepared for college level work. The business community complained that many college graduates lacked even minimum qualifications required in the first job. In the past several years, national reports have harshly criticized higher education and student assessment has begun to sweep the country in the name of accountability. The political pressure for student assessment has grown out of discontent with today's college graduates. The curriculum for the 21st century should be more than the confluence of student preference, market fashion, and departmental rivalries. There must be a strong leadership from the president and his top aides. Objectives that could be woven into the modern curriculum include: cultivating writing, reading, speaking, and listening; teaching the management of numerical data; and cultivating values. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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