ERIC Number: ED418665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
What Faculty, Students, and Alumni Think About the General Education Core.
Belcheir, Marcia J.
This study examined what faculty, alumni, and current students at Boise State University (BSU) in Idaho thought about the core curriculum and how well it met stated goals. 0n addition, comparisons are offered between BSU students and students at a sample of other four-year institutions. Faculty, alumni, and student surveys were conducted in 1996 and 1997. The study found that faculty were generally positive about the core curriculum, with only 10 percent indicating that the core was a waste of time. Nearly 70 percent of recent alumni indicated that the core courses they took were valuable beyond college. Both faculty and alumni agreed that the core was best at providing introductions to content outside their major subject areas, and was least helpful in giving students a better understanding of the issues involved in citizenship. Nearly two-thirds of alumni thought that the core courses helped them to develop their critical thinking skills. About half of BSU undergraduates thought the core helped them become more independent and self-directed learners and to think about their majors in the context of a larger world view. Responses, overall, differed little from the responses of students at other institutions across the country. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID.