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ERIC Number: ED401826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 14
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Division of General Studies at Morris College.
Gearheart, Wayne; Richardson, George
This paper describes a special academic environment in the Morris College (South Carolina) Division of General Studies to promote the success of entering freshmen in mastering course offerings in general education, as well as provide an Honors Program for students with superior academic ability, motivation, and background. The division attempts to challenge and motivate all entering students to master basic skills while introducing content areas in a manner that does not threaten, but nurtures and cultivates student achievement. This paper explains the division's objectives, services rendered, major programs and activities, enrollment and retention data, faculty, and resources. A faculty survey on the division's activities identified eight assets: student support; centralized handling of freshmen; extracurricular activities; sense of identity for freshmen, especially the undecided; leadership; focus on individual needs; dialogue with students; and advisement. The survey also described eight problems: low standards; too many hours; lack of funds and personnel; unsatisfactory faculty advisement; lack of communication; delayed computer training; overcrowded classes in certain sections; and general studies faculty have no opportunity to teach upper level courses. (MAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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