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ERIC Number: EJ815442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-10
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Australian Universities Shape Degree Programs like Those in the United States
Overland, Martha Ann
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n7 pA30 Oct 2008
The University of Western Australia is the latest of a half-dozen Australian institutions to drastically overhaul its academic programs, in a move to bring its degrees more in line with global standards, as well as ensure it remains attractive to prospective students. The universities are essentially parting ways with the British system and moving closer to an American one by restructuring their undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The plan does away with nearly all professional undergraduate degrees, which students now earn by going to medical or law school directly after high school. Students will first get a three-year liberal-arts degree and later continue on for specialized graduate training. The so-called curriculum revolution is being undertaken not just to make graduates salable in the job market. It is also intended to ensure that the universities themselves appeal to future students. Administrators are concerned that unless they move toward a more-American model, just as European universities are doing under the Bologna Process, they will lose students to programs--and countries--that offer more-widely accepted degrees.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia