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The Experimental College and General Education

"New General Ed. Requirements Pass", Red and Green, 1974.

General Education Requirements, 1974

The EC changed the way general education operated at MSC, not directly, but by showing that flexibility in academic study was a key to student interest in education. Studies of the EC program revealed that student retention was higher within the EC than across MSC as a whole. This was important information to possess during the financial crisis in the mid-to-late 1970s when every student number counted toward state funding.

The open-class structure modeled within the EC also connected to the relaxation of the general education regime at MSC following the 1973-1974 school year. In the spring quarter of 1974 a group called Working Group D, created by the MSC Educational Policy Committee, reported that the EC had delivered a positive contribution to general education at MSC.  This was one of the factors that led to a revision of the general education requirements at MSC.

Beginning in the fall of 1974, new general education requirements allowed for a more individualized scholarly program, determined in part by student selection, in place of the previous rigid general education track. This movement toward increased student choice had been taking place nationally in higher education but it must be noted that the EC had modeled an open general education process for several years before it was adopted for MSC as a whole. Choices about their personal educations were being transferred from the institution to the student.