- From the Liberal to the Practical Arts in American Colleges and Universities: Organizational Analysis and Curricular Change
- The Journal of Higher Education
- The Ohio State University Press
- Volume 76, Number 2, March/April 2005
- pp. 151-180
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The shift from arts and sciences to occupational-professional degrees has been one of the most important trends in undergraduate education over the last three decades. This study shows that the shift toward occupational-professional degrees began around 1930 with a short-lived movement back toward the arts and sciences in the 1960s. It also shows that low levels of selectivity are associated with higher proportions of occupational-professional degrees awarded.