ERIC Number: ED386089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Campus Trends 1995: New Directions for Academic Programs. Higher Education Panel Report, Number 85.
For the 12th year, a national survey of changes in the academic and administrative practices of American colleges and universities was undertaken. Senior administrators at 407 colleges and universities completed and returned survey questionnaires (80 percent of a sample of 506). Responses were statistically weighted so that results were representative of all American colleges and universities that offer a general program of undergraduate instruction. Selected highlights of the findings include: (1) almost all colleges and universities are expanding the use of electronic classroom technology; (2) most are offering more courses that involve active learning experiences for students; (3) most also have activities underway to increase multicultural or gender awareness; (4) there are widespread efforts to improve the freshman year; (5) in the past year 75 percent undertook some activity related to a self-study for specialized accrediting agencies; (6) almost all colleges and universities (94 percent) have assessment activities in place today while 7 years ago, 55 percent had assessment activities; and (7) one in five institutions reported a net loss in full-time faculty compared with the previous year. Appendixes contain tables, technical notes, and the questionnaire. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Active Learning, College Administration, College Faculty, College Freshmen, College Programs, Colleges, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Practices, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, National Surveys, Self Evaluation (Groups), Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Study
American Council on Education, Department 36, Washington, DC 20055-0036 ($18 members; $20 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Higher Education Panel.