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What Students in Certain Liberal Arts Colleges Take for the Bachelor's Degree


by Clarence Linton & F. B. O'Rear - 1929

ONE of the most common criticisms of current higher education is that it lacks aim and purpose; and that, as a result, the student meanders through a maze of curricula offerings, sampling here and there without obtaining proficiency in any field of knowledge, but finally accumulating enough semester hours of credit to obtain the bachelor's degree. The writers recently conducted a study of subject matter taken by 640 graduates of 13 liberal arts colleges affiliated with the United Lutheran Church in America in an attempt to determine to what extent this criticism is justified, and the degree to which students of these institutions concentrated, or scattered, their work among the various offerings of the institutions from which they graduated.1 At the suggestion of Dr. Clyde Furst and with the assistance of a special grant from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, punched cards and sorting machines were made available for more intricate, thorough, and rapid analyses of data than would have been possible by hand sorting and tabulation.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 30 Number 4, 1929, p. 343-347
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5660, Date Accessed: 11/24/2020 2:07:59 AM

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