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Study Of The Curriculum Reports

Beach Books

What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class?

Hundreds of American colleges and universities assign a summer reading to entering freshmen—usually one book, which is often un-academic and politically progressive. This year, Beach Books provides eleven years of data about common reading programs, from 2007 to 2017, and makes detailed suggestions for administrative reforms. Our study of common readings provides data on 732 colleges, 1,664 individual texts, and 4,754 assignments.

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The Disappearing Continent

A Critique of the Revised AP European History Examination
David Randall

Much of the European past goes missing in the new AP European History Course and Exam Description. The College Board tells the story of European history as the triumph of secular progressivism, and shunts to the margins the continent’s centuries-long rise to political freedom and prosperity. The Disappearing Continent is the first extended examination of the College Board’s European history initiative.

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The Vanishing West

1964-2010
Peter Wood Glenn Ricketts Ashley Thorne Stephen H. Balch

The Vanishing West traces the decline and near extinction of the Western Civilization history survey course in America’s top colleges and universities from 1964 to 2010.

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Losing the Big Picture

The Fragmentation of the English Major since 1964
Stephen H. Balch Gary Crosby Brasor

"Losing the Big Picture" uses data from 1964-1965, 1989-1990, and 1997-1998 academic catalogs of twenty-five selective liberal arts colleges to show that undergraduate English majors no longer even try to provide their students with a serious overview of the Anglo-American literary tradition, or a systematic exposure to its greatest writers and works.

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The Dissolution of General Education

1914-1993
Stephen H. Balch Rita Zürcher

For the greater part of the twentieth century, America's leading colleges and universities were strongly committed to providing undergraduates with a broad and rigorous exposure to major areas of knowledge. During the last thirty years this commitment largely vanished, according to a detailed study of fifty prestigious institutions.

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