ERIC Number: ED332648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The report describes a special program at the University of Rochester (New York) which annually offers up to 20 students a tuition-free fifth year of education. The program is intended to allow students to study subjects distant from the requirements of their concentrations. Students present their intellectual ambitions in an application process and are admitted during their second or third year of college, allowing them time to integrate the extra year of courses into their educational planning. Participants are pleased to have the additional time, and faculty endorse the option. The program is particularly attractive to students preparing for scientific and engineering professions where degree requirements leave little time for electives. In the program's 3-year history, 73 applications (out of 160) have been accepted. Thirty-two students have completed their programs and graduated; six have withdrawn; and 35 are still in the process. Male participants predominate. Proposed programs of study must further general educational and not vocational goals; they must be spread throughout the third, fourth, and fifth years; they must have a theme; they must include at least four courses above the introductory level; and they cannot include courses within the student's concentration. A brochure about the program answering common questions is included with the report. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rochester Univ., NY.