ERIC Number: ED438011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of Community College Curriculum Trends. ERIC Digest.
Striplin, Jenny Castruita
Approximately 50 percent of all students who enter postsecondary education enroll in community colleges. Consequently, reviewing the characteristics of the community college curriculum is paramount to understanding the role these institutions play in shaping students' trajectories. To accomplish this task, it is imperative to track curricular changes as they occur in community colleges. This digest highlights major findings from the 1998 Curriculum Project, which was conducted by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) and reported in the New Directions for Community Colleges volume entitled, "Trends in Community College Curriculum." Periodically, the CSCC surveys the curriculum of our nation's community colleges. For the 1998 study, 164 public community colleges submitted their spring catalogues and schedules. A previously developed coding scheme was applied to track 36 liberal arts and 26 non-liberal arts subjects. The findings from this study are presented in eight areas: liberal arts, non-liberal arts, general education requirements, interdisciplinary studies, honors programs, ESL courses, multicultural education, and distance education. Although ESL and distance education have increased, the traditional liberal arts curriculum is relatively stable. (Contains 10 references.) (VWC)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Institutional Role, Postsecondary Education, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year Colleges
ERIC Clearinghouse on Community Colleges, Univ. of California at Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Ave., 3051 Moore Hall, P.O. Box 951521, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1521. Tel: 800-832-8256 (Toll Free); Fax: 310-206-8095. For full text: http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/ERIC/digests/dig0002.html.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.