Education: Core Courses

A way to general ed

As chancellor of the sprawling State University of New York during the early 1970s, Ernest Boyer often met with angry students who demanded the abolition of required courses. Boyer disagreed. But he also took seriously complaints that "general education" courses (courses supposed to be broad enough to benefit all students) were often little more than rehashes by junior faculty members of their recent Ph.D. dissertations. He still does. "Students have not abandoned general education," Boyer concludes, "general education has abandoned them."

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