Abstract

Analysis of college catalogs from 292 four-year colleges and universities over a 25-year period revealed four popular models of general education: “core distribution areas,” “traditional liberal arts,” “cultures and ethics,” and “civic/utilitarian.” During the period more general education courses were required and the number of required courses related to basic academic skills, diversity, and non-Western cultures increased. The case of general education is an example of non-convergent organizational forms and therefore has implications for the new institutionalism in organizational analysis.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1538-4640
Print ISSN
0022-1546
Pages
pp. 605-642
Launched on MUSE
2009-11-11
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived
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