Thursday, August 21, 2008

Reinventing Undergraduate Education: Three Years After the Boyer Report


The Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University / 2001

The Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University issued recommendations in 1998 for Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America’s Research Universities. This follow-up report describes the extent to which research universities are dealing with some specifics recommended in that report, based on a survey of administrators responsible for undergraduate programs.

As the Boyer Report noted, various universities had initiated innovative experiments in undergraduate education before 1998, a number of which were described in the original report. The Report was a call to action, not a survey of current practice; nor was there any other survey of programs in place. Therefore, the current survey is not comparative. Instead, it records the current state of affairs, as reported by those running the programs.

The blueprint for undergraduate education proposed by the Boyer Commission covered many aspects of undergraduate education. Ten were selected for this survey because of their importance and specificity.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Situation at Present
  • Survey Methods
  • Research-based Learning
  • The Freshman Experience
  • Building on the Freshman Foundation
  • Communication Skills
  • Capstone Experience
  • Educating Graduate Students as Apprentice Teachers
  • Changing Faculty Reward Systems
  • Recent Developments and Next Steps
  • Observations
  • Appendices
  • Survey Respondents

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