ERIC Number: ED441864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
The Analysis of the General Studies Curriculum at a Public Urban University: What Worked and What Did Not.
Kramer, Arthur; LaMar, Ansley W.
A study explicated the process used to assess the general education component of the undergraduate curriculum at a public urban university with about 6,000 undergraduates. Emphasis was placed on the components of the methodology that provided data useful for suggesting changes to the program and the aspects of the process that did not yield viable data. Study components were: (1) an analysis of graduates' transcripts; (2) an analysis of syllabi; (3) a course audit through a faculty questionnaire; (4) an academic profile developed through student test results; (5) a survey of 315 students; and (6) a survey of faculty and staff completed by 73 faculty members (39%). Most of the methods produced useful information, but the transcript analysis and the administrative analysis required more time than had been allocated to carry out the complete study. The course audit, analysis of syllabi, and student and faculty surveys provided useful information about the general studies courses, but there were problems in timing and communication in the latter. Overall, it was apparent that multifaceted analyses gave a more complete picture of the effectiveness of the program. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North East Association for Institutional Research (26th, Newport, RI, November 13-16, 1999).