ERIC Number: ED328194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Renewing Undergraduate Education: Recommendations from the Irvine Group.
Irvine Group, Vista, CA.
This paper argues that debate about the need for renewal in undergraduate education should take a back seat to implementation of requisite changes. Evaluation of the renewal process should include obstacles to reform, especially ideological disagreements, time budgets, and reward structures. Five initiatives are proposed to advance the goal of providing a quality undergraduate experience: (1) revitalization of the undergraduate curriculum to include development of general education courses; (2) building a career-oriented emphasis into a liberal arts context; (3) leadership from professors and administrators with a particular dedication to and talent for undergraduate education; (4) better guidance for students on how to constitute their undergraduate careers; and (5) experimentation with curricular options and course formats. Renewal must be led ultimately by college and university presidents, working with faculty, governing boards, students, and external interests. Evaluation should only be used up to the limits of responsible methodology and not be oversold. (JDD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Irvine Group, Vista, CA.