Note:This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

Note:This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

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Title:The General Education System Evaluated
Author(s):Beier, Zach
Subject(s):Administration/Services
Academics
ISU
Education
Abstract:This project examines the General Education system and asks the following questions: What are students’ opinions of General Education? What are students expecting from the General Education Program? What is the University expecting from General Education? This study focuses on the failure and cancellation of the course Foundations of Inquiry (FOI), which was designed as the introduction for freshmen to the ISU General Education program, and the implementation of a new pilot project called LinC (learning in communities). On the basis of participant observation, interviews, and review of relevant documentation, the results show that the FOI course was cancelled after seven years due to high financial costs and to the lack of clarity and highly abstract course goals. In addition, the voluntary LinC course is better catered to students as consumers.
Issue Date:2005-12-15
Genre:Essay
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1852
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-22


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  • University Units and Institutional Transformation
    Projects in this collection explore institutional growth and change as seen in the histories and practices of university units and programs.
  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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