ERIC Number: ED409776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Hours to Graduation: A National Survey of Credit Hours Required for Baccalaureate Degrees.
Pitter, Gita Wijesinghe; And Others
In the context of an increased emphasis on accountability in higher education and time taken to earn a baccalaureate degree, the Board of Regents of the State University System of Florida conducted a national survey of 75 public universities concerning the minimum credit hours required for the baccalaureate degree for various disciplines. The survey confirmed earlier studies showing an upward creep in credit hours required for most fields. As a result, the Florida State University System reduced 506 of its 614 Bachelor's programs to 120 hours, with the exceptions being mainly in engineering, visual and performing arts, and the health professions. Four text tables summarize data on disciplines with low, moderate, and high credit-hour requirements, and for 5-year baccalaureate programs. The appendix describes data reporting and analysis techniques, lists participating institutions, and defines terms used in the report. Also appended are survey results by discipline, including agribusiness, agricultural sciences, natural resources, architecture and environmental design, area and ethnic studies, communication, computer science, education, engineering, foreign languages, home economics, law, letters, liberal studies, life sciences, mathematics, multi/interdisciplinary studies, leisure and fitness, philosophy and religion, physical sciences, psychology, protective services, public services, social sciences, production trades, transportation, visual and performing arts, health professions, and business and management. (CH)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Bachelors Degrees, College Credits, Data Analysis, Degree Requirements, Degrees (Academic), Engineering Education, Higher Education, Professional Education, Public Colleges, Public Education, Required Courses, State Norms, State Surveys, State Universities, Tables (Data), Technical Education, Time to Degree, Undergraduate Study, Universities, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. System of Florida, Tallahassee.