College students have evolved from clients to consumers

June 7, 2005

Prior to the 1960s, the college student’s role was that of a client, seeking the expertise and knowledge of the faculty, says Dr. Roger L. Geiger, Distinguished Professor of Higher Education. But during the 1960s and 1970s, the situation began to change perceptibly when student activists and certain administrators made significant changes to their college’s curriculum, such as eliminating required courses and adding more “relevant” courses demanded by students. Also, policies such as mandatory attendance and comprehensive final exams were relaxed.

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