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The study group examined in depth the graduation requirements of numerouscolleges and universities. The group found enormous variety, ranging fromno course requirements of any kind to sequences of highly prescriptivecore courses. Types of curricula did not seem to be associated with typesof institutions. Some of the least coherent curricula were those of nationallyprestigious, highly selective institutions, while some of the most carefullydefined were found at less selective local or regional institutions. Themost common type of curriculum was the "distribution requirements" model,in which students selected courses from a limited list of regular departmentalofferings within a few broad interdepartmental clusters. Often the humanitiesrequirements can be satisfied by taking such courses as speech, remedialwriting, or performing arts. Even in institutions where the humanitiesare defined more rigorously, distribution requirements rarely guaranteethat a student will master an explicit body of knowledge or confront aseries of important original texts.
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Once the curriculum was dissolved, colleges and universities found itdifficult to reconstruct because of the pressures of the marketplace. Allbut the most selective institutions must now compete for scarce financialresources -- students' tuition and enrollment-driven state subsidies. Asa consequence, many are reluctant to reinstate meaningful course requirementsfor fear of frightening away prospective applicants. (I believe such afear is misplaced, but more on this later.)