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Effects of Government and University Policy on Critical Thinking

Title: The Effects of Government and University Policy on Critical Thinking.
Name(s): Dobrowolski, Cathryn Elizabeth, author
Morris, Richard, author
LaPointe, Leonard, author
Muchira, John, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2017-04-28
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Over the past several years there has been increased interest in the perceived and measured declines of critical thinking skills among college and university students. One possible factor in these changes is the consequences of policy decisions at the federal and state government levels that have resulted in institution wide policy decisions in colleges and universities. These policy decisions have affected department policies and faculty member behaviors. The connecting network of these policy decisions is explored using Institutional Theory. Funding decisions by the federal and state governments have reduced the proportion of money that colleges and universities receive from them. These government policies have resulted in administrative changes in colleges and universities. These university policies have affected hiring decisions and tenure criteria in their academic units. These unit level policies have resulted in an increased proportion of adjunct faculty. The unit level policies also have resulted in changes in time allocation among tenure track faculty members. Both of these faculty level changes have resulted in teaching faculty members who have less time to spend on class preparation, requiring long writing assignments, and essay exams. The reduction in course related activities that require extended and focused thinking by students could be a significant factor in reduced critical thinking skills.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493385665 (IID)
Keywords: Critical thinking, Government, University, Policy, Faculty
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Dobrowolski, C. E., Morris, R., LaPointe, L., & Muchira, J. (2017). The Effects of Government and University Policy on Critical Thinking. Retrieved from