Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University, Room 310, Administration Bldg., State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794-0701; Web site: http://www.sunysb.edu/boyerreport ($3).
Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
This report presents ten recommendations for the radical reconstruction of undergraduate education at research universities in the United States offered by a national commission. Background information is provided in the first three chapters. An overview notes that undergraduates at research universities too often have been shortchanged and that a new model of undergraduate education is needed. Discussion of the university as ecosystem stresses the importance of a shared mission and a synergistic system in which faculty and students are both learners and researchers. An academic bill of rights for students is offered. The main body of the report presents and explains the commission's ten recommendations, which are: (1) make research-based learning the standard; (2) construct an inquiry-based freshman year; (3) build on the freshman foundation; (4) remove barriers to interdisciplinary education; (5) link communication skills and course work; (6) use information technology creatively; (7) culminate with a capstone experience; (8) educate graduate students as apprentice teachers; (9) change faculty reward systems; and (10) cultivate a sense of community. Appendices provide lists of Carnegie classified research universities and the members of the Boyer Commission. (DB)
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Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University, Stoney Brook, NY.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Princeton, NJ.