ERIC Number: ED343487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Letters Program Review in the State University System of Florida.
Kellogg, Robert; Tarkow, Theodore A.
This review presents a 1991 evaluation of the English and Classics portions of the Letters Program in the state universities within Florida. Departmental self-evaluations and site visits by a consultant and a Board of Regents staff member discovered that in most of the nine universities the situation for English has worsened in the past five years. It was found that enrollments have increased without a proportional increase in staff. In addition, in every English department in the State University System, appreciable numbers of students who have opted for an English major, and have been accepted, have been turned away from advanced courses they want to take and need; in some universities the wait can be two and a half years. All the universities were found to have a de facto limitation of access to the courses required for the English major. Also revealed was an apparent system-wide deterioration in the funding of instructional costs relative to student enrollments in English. Faculty salaries were found to be generally low at the associate and full professor level. Recommendations include adding texts from diverse cultures to the standard canon and protecting the English major program from the heavy general education service demands put on the departments. Recommended for the three universities offering Classics studies is increased institutional cooperation including possibly either a shared program with cross enrollments or more distinct program emphasis. (GLR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Classical Languages, Classical Literature, Educational Trends, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Enrollment, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Required Courses, State Universities, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Shortage, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: State Univ. System of Florida, Tallahassee.