In Curricular Clashes, Completion Can Vie With Quality

In Curricular Clashes, Completion Can Vie with Quality 1

Pat Arnow

At the City University of New York, a curricular revision called Pathways went into effect last fall after years of faculty efforts to stop it. Above, protesters carried signs at a Board of Trustees meeting in 2012.

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Pat Arnow

At the City University of New York, a curricular revision called Pathways went into effect last fall after years of faculty efforts to stop it. Above, protesters carried signs at a Board of Trustees meeting in 2012.

The movement to expand the number of people enrolling in and graduating from college—known as the completion agenda—often raises concerns from faculty members who say the rush to move more students through college will lead to the lowering of academic standards.

That argument has played a role in recent controversies in Colorado, New York, and Texas, where administrators have pushed through curricular changes over the objections of many faculty members. Those making the