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And yet again,

May 23, 2009

New Brunswick is woefully out of step: see “Colleges Seek New Ways to Give Students a General Education,” David Glenn, The Chronicle of Higher Education (May 15/09):

In [a] new survey [by the Association of American Colleges and Universities], 56 percent of academic officers reported that general education was a growing priority for their institutions, while only 3 percent reported that it was a declining priority. A big majority, 89 percent, reported that their colleges were assessing or modifying their general-education programs.…

In an interview last month, the association’s president, Carol Geary Schneider, argued that the enduring value of general education was that it produces graduates with a deep and flexible set of skills. It would be a serious mistake, she said, for colleges to turn too heavily toward a narrow, technical, preprofessional model of education.

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