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ERIC Number: ED433760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Pages: 23
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Where Are the Liberal Arts? AIR 1999 Annual Forum Paper.
Pace, C. Robert; Connolly, Mark
This study examined trends in students majoring in the liberal arts. Responses to the College Student Experiences Questionnaire at each of five types of institutions (Selective Liberal Arts, General Liberal Arts, Comprehensive Colleges and Universities, Doctoral Universities, and Research Universities) and at four time periods (1983-86, 1990-91, 1993-96, and 1997-98) were examined. Analysis found that the percent of students majoring in the basic disciplines that are the foundation fields of liberal education (sciences, humanities, and social sciences) has decreased in the selective liberal arts colleges and has recently increased at research universities. As the gap in the percent of basic field majors has become smaller, student reports of activities and progress toward liberal education outcomes at research universities have become similar to responses by students at selective liberal arts colleges. Results are discussed in relation to criticisms of liberal arts colleges and research universities and the significance of this possible trend. (Contains 18 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: College Student Experiences Questionnaire