The Evolution of Individualized Major Programs

3401 Words14 Pages
Introduction Defining and creating the perfect curriculum has been a struggle for educators and administrators since the creation of universities. This struggle has continued throughout the evolution of the American higher education institutions. Starting with Harvard University in the 17th century and following all the way through to today where there are over 4,000 institutions of higher education in the United States. The goals of universities have stayed relatively the same in that they want to create prepared individuals who go out into the world ready to work and make it a better place. The challenge has been that what the world requires is constantly changing and therefore the knowledge that individuals enter the world with needs…show more content…
Liberal arts educations also try to highlight the interactive learning experience, smaller class sizes and enrollment, employing only full-time faculty. The intent of this type of education is to create well-rounded individuals who ask question and think critically. Liberal arts colleges are often easily identified today by the use of the word college in their name. Although there is no legal standard the term university is now used to denote graduate education and research institutions, and is reserved for doctorate-granting institutions.

The way that these types of educations may be considered a precursor to individualized major programs is that because the coursework of these students is diverse they have more opportunities to pick and choose what they want to take and study. In more recent years the enrollment at these institutions has dipped lower than even they prefer and many colleges are turning to online programs to keep themselves afloat. At the same time students who might have formerly enrolled in liberal arts colleges are now enrolling in larger research institutions in the hope that the reputation and name of said universities will help them in their job searches later. The problem with this is that these students are lacking that access to full-time faculty, the interactive classroom, the diverse course load
Get Access