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Curriculum Reform

Curriculum reform that changes the shape and nature of postsecondary degrees must reflect generally acknowledged academic standards of excellence; skills, knowledge, and understanding to help students prepare for the future; and the goals and mission of the institution. No effort at reform can succeed without adequate support for the faculty who have primary responsibility for the curriculum, nor can it succeed unless it addresses the needs of a diverse student population.

The goals of higher education curricula should include mastery of basic skills, active participation in the learning process, in-depth study, critical thinking, understanding of a discipline's characteristic methods, and a coherent and relevant course of study. The goals should also be consistent with NEA principles such as faculty control, equal access to quality education for all students, and multicultural understanding.

Any effort at curriculum revision should be designed to prepare all students for effective citizenship and participation in an increasingly diverse society. A common body of intellectual reference must be inclusive of multicultural and multinational perspectives. A diverse student population enriches the knowledge base of all students.

NEA recommends the following: