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ERIC Number: ED354050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Curricular Trends in Community Colleges: Implications for Transfer.
Ignash, Jan
In spring 1991, the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) in Los Angeles, California, conducted the seventh in a series of studies of trends in liberal arts course offerings in community colleges nationwide. During spring 1992, CSCC developed a taxonomy for non-liberal arts courses, and completed a course section tally using the same 164 community colleges participating in the 1991 study. Study findings were combined with results from CSCC's ongoing Transfer Assembly Project to examine a number of research questions including: areas of change in the community college curriculum; the relationship between curricular emphases and transfer rate; the percentage of non-liberal arts courses which are transferable to four-year institutions; and the relationship between institutional characteristics (e.g., size and location) and curricular offerings. Major findings of the study included the following: (1) a total of 104,565 course sections were tallied, of which 45,360 (43.4%) were non-liberal arts courses; (2) while course offerings in agriculture and engineering have shown considerable decreases between 1978 and 1991, English-as-a-Second-Language course sections have increased dramatically during this same period, comprising over half of all foreign language enrollments in 1991; and (3) in California, close to two-thirds of non-liberal arts courses are transferable to comprehensive state universities. A detailed breakdown of course offerings by discipline area, a description of the taxonomy used for the 6 liberal arts discipline areas and the 10 non-liberal arts discipline areas, data tables, and references are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A