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Report Urges NSF to Promote Teaching

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Science  19 Apr 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5260, pp. 345
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5260.345


An advisory panel that will deliver its recommendations next month to the National Science Foundation (NSF) hopes to start a revolution in undergraduate education by restoring the balance between research and teaching on college campuses. The report recommends that universities revise their approach to teaching to address the needs of all students, not just science majors, and that departments set goals for what their students should learn and hold faculty members accountable for students' performance. The price tag? A doubling of NSF's current $180 million budget for undergraduate education.