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In 1992, a national survey was conducted to determine the percentage of the community college curriculum devoted to the non-liberal arts, to develop a taxonomy of non-liberal arts subject areas, and to ascertain the percentage of these courses which were transferable to research universities and comprehensive colleges and universities in five states. Replicating the methodology and using the same source materials as an earlier examination of the liberal arts curriculum, courses were tallied from the spring 1991 course catalogs and class schedules of 164 community colleges. Only those courses with definite times and meeting places were tallied, which excluded such offerings as laboratory, independent, and self-paced courses. A total of 45,360 sections were categorized, and the following 10 major non-liberal arts classifications were identified: Agriculture; Business and Office; Marketing and Distribution; Health; Home Economics; Technical Education; Engineering Technology; Trade and Industry; Personal Skills and Avocational Courses; Education; and Other. The study revealed that non-liberal arts offerings constituted 43.4% of the total 104,565 sections tallied. The Business and Office classification was the largest, accounting for 24.6% of the total non-liberal arts curriculum, while the Home Economics classification, which did not include consumer service related offerings, accounted for only 0.2%. Individual analyses of the transferability of non-liberal arts courses are provided for California, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, and Florida. (MAB)

Descriptors: Classification, College Credits, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Continuing Education, Courses, Curriculum Research, Higher Education, National Surveys, Tables (Data), Technical Education, Transfer Programs, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year Colleges, Universities, Vocational Education

Autor: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.


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