ERIC Number: ED351078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Presidents and Curriculum.
Eaton, Judith S.
Transfer: The National Center for Academic Achievement and Transfer Working Papers, v3 n8 Nov 1992
In December, 1991, the National Center for Academic Achievement and Transfer (Washington, D.C.), in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (California), conducted a random national survey of two-year college presidents to identify their attitudes toward and role in curriculum development. Survey findings, based on a 53% response rate (n=114), included the following: (1) on average, the respondents were 53 years old, male (88.6%), held graduate degrees in education, and had been in their current positions for 9 years; (2) taken together, liberal arts and occupational education had accounted for more than 82% of the institutions' curricula when the presidents arrived, and would, if left to the presidents, decline to 77.6%, while the community services and remedial/developmental curricula combined would increase from 17% to 22.6%; (3) while nearly two-thirds of the respondents reported very limited involvement in new course adoption or course revision, a vast majority indicated that they were "very much involved" in new program approval (92.8%), and in course/program deletion (79.3%); (4) with regard to national trends over the next 5 years, the presidents anticipated an increased need for remedial education and English as a Second Language offerings, followed by an increased demand for curricula to meet transfer and occupational needs; and (5) the presidents had a tendency to view issues concerning curriculum and the colleges' usefulness to the community as separate arenas of decision making. Data tables and a summary of suggestions for further research are included. (MPH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. National Center for Academic Achievement and Transfer.