ERIC Number: ED345780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Study Report, June 1992.
Cohen, Arthur M.
In 1992, the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) in California examined the liberal arts curriculum in community colleges nationwide through a random sampling of 164 community colleges. Using spring 1991 catalogs and class schedules, course sections in the liberal arts were counted and tallied according to a coding scheme developed in previous CSCC studies which divided the liberal arts curriculum into major disciplines, broad subject areas, and sub-subject areas. After coding and tallying 59,205 liberal arts classes into the appropriate sub-subject areas, a random sample of every 10th section under each broad subject area was pulled. Enrollment and average class size were calculated for these sections. Selected study findings included the following: (1) overall, the liberal arts expanded from 52% of the total curriculum in 1986 to 56% in 1991; (2) the most notable shift in the curriculum was in foreign languages, which rose from 5% to 8.5% of the entire set of liberal arts classes; (3) colleges in urban areas offered a higher percentage of remedial courses; (4) college size related to course patterns only in the provision of specialized classes; (5) while the transfer rate of a college was positively related to the percentage of liberal arts courses offered, there was no relation between the percentage of advanced courses offered and a college's transfer rate; and (6) the proportion of the curriculum devoted to the liberal arts was greater in the colleges that were above the mean in percentage of minority students enrolled. (JMC)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, College Curriculum, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Courses, Curriculum Research, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, General Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Liberal Arts, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Remedial Instruction, Transfer Rates (College), Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.