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ERIC Number: ED569211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Education: CIC Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education. Innovations in Teaching and Learning. Research Brief 2
Katz, Philip M.
Council of Independent Colleges
During the most recent decade, interdisciplinary instruction at the undergraduate level has increased rapidly. Independent colleges and universities are both innovators in developing new approaches to interdisciplinary education and strong supporters of traditional liberal arts disciplines. Some observers argue that interdisciplinary approaches are better suited to the complexity of the 21st-century world and workplace. Significant barriers to interdisciplinarity include institutional inertia, evaluation challenges, the strong commitment of faculty members to the disciplines in which they were trained, and the role of discipline-based departments in curricula and faculty rewards. The size, flexibility, and commitment to teaching at smaller independent institutions can make it easier for them to introduce innovative programs in interdisciplinary education. Campus leaders can promote and sustain interdisciplinary initiatives by developing and supporting policies that explicitly reward faculty members and departments for interdisciplinary teaching. [This brief was prepared by the CIC Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education; Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America - College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF)
Authoring Institution: Council of Independent Colleges
Identifiers - Location: California; Illinois; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Tennessee