ERIC Number: ED351904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
The Buck Stops Here: Outside Grants and the General Education Curriculum Change Process. Working Paper #9.
This essay describes the general education curriculum in six New England institutions who had received funding from foundations or government agencies to assist them in reforming such curricula. It is an examination of the importance of outside funds in the process of designing and implementing major changes in the general education curriculum. It explores when outside funds are most helpful and how institutions and funding agencies can improve the change process. Results of the site visits indicate that a careful infusion of outside money in the early stages of design can have a beneficial effect on the outcome. However, institutions are naturally more skillful at designing change than executing it, therefore, they and the funding agencies need to focus more of their energy on better implementation practice. The essay suggests that a critical function before beginning any curricular change is to ensure that: (1) the goals and change process are realistic and sensitive to the culture of the campus; (2) they are compatible with the institution's environment; (3) they are capable of being supported by faculty and key administrators; (4) the funding is adequate; and (5) the faculty is prepared for the changes. Contains three references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston. New England Resource Center for Higher Education.