ERIC Number: ED316126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Soundings: An Introduction to the Liberal Arts, Castleton State College.
Mark, Joseph T.
To introduce college students to the liberal arts, Castleton State College established the Soundings Program in fall 1985. The program was designed as a general education requirement for freshmen that earned one credit in each of the two semesters of the first year for attendance at (1) a limited number of required lectures and (2) eight elective events chosen from a variety of lectures, concerts, plays, dance performances, and art shows. The program was developed by college faculty and is under the aegis of the faculty's cultural affairs committee. Since the program's inauguration, significant changes include inclusion of debates on controversial issues, addition of optional trips to New York City, improved advance publicity about upcoming events development of a two-credit colloquium on Soundings events, incorporation of several special events into the freshman orientation program, and creation of a quarter-time faculty position as program coordinator. While initially controversial among some faculty, the program has gained wide acceptance and support. Student evaluations have grown more positive as former participants have advanced through their four years at the college. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Castleton State Coll., VT.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.