Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, September 23, 1980, Section A, Page 22, Image 22

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International program begins
The University is adding an
undergraduate program in in
ternational studies to its cur
The new program, approved
by the State Board of Higher
Education last year, is an inter
disciplinary major encompass
ing several different liberal art
The new bachelor of arts
program is built on existing
courses. The program will be
operating on a limited basis
because of the University’s
budget cut.
The new major is the out
growth of ideas by Clarence
Thurber, community service
and public affairs professor,
and several other University
professors who took a survey in
the spring of 1978. Of 275
students surveyed in interna
tional study-related courses, 80
percent showed interest in an
international studies major,
Thurber says.
The survey also showed
approval for foreign language
and study-abroad requirements
in the program.
The major is intended to be
pre-professional and will
consist of a minimum of 45
credit hours distributed among
the following three interdisci
plinary course clusters: interna
tional relations among nations,
regional cultures and areas and
global perspectives and issues.
An attained proficiency ievel
of three years of college study in
a foreign language is required
and study in an overseas study
center is also encouraged. The
major offered through the the
College of Arts and Sciences.
A wide variety of opportuni
ties exists for students with an
international studies
background, particularity in the
government and business
fields. Oregon is beginning to
need such graduates in the
state and regional government
levels because of the state’s
increasing international trade in
the lumber, grass seed and
light-industry markets, Thurber
The University is the only
state-supported institution in
Oregon to offer an undergra
duate program in international
studies. The University already
is the only Oregon school to
offer a master's program in
international studies. Lewis and
Clark College, a private institu
tion, is the only other school that
offers the program as an un
dergraduate major.
Student enrollment decreases
Total enrollment in the
nation’s schools and colleges is
expected to approach 57.8 mil
lion this fall — a decrease of 1.3
percent from last year.
The decline from last year’s
58.5 million students was
predicted by the U S Depart
ment of Education’s National
Center for Education Statistics.
This estimated enrollment in
formal education programs
from kindergarten through
graduate school is a decrease
of more than 5.7 percent from
the record high of 61.3 million
students who enrolled in 1975,
says Shirley Hufstedler,
secretary of education.
According to the forecast,
about 3.3 million persons will be
employed as classroom
teachers, and 300,000 will be
working as superintendents,
principals, supervisors and
other staff members.
“In a nation with a population
of more than 222 million, almost
three of 10 persons will be direct
participants in the educational
process,’’ Hufstedler says.
All of the figures include
students enrolled in public and
private institutions.
College enrollment is expect
ed to peak this year, with an
increase of 1.1 percent from
11.6 million last fall to 11.7 mil
lion this fall. After 1981 a
decrease is expected in the col
lege-age population (18- to
24-year-olds), and small annual
decreases in the number of col
lege students are projected for
the rest of the decade.
Enrollment in public institu
tions is predicted to be 9.2 mil
lion and 2.5 million at private
The instructional staff at the
college level is expected to total
about 830,000 — up slightly
from the 820,000 employed as
college teachers last year
The total 1980-81 expendi
tures for private and public col
leges and universities is es
timated at $65 billion.
Estimates for the number of
earned degrees during 1980-81
are: bachelor’s degrees, 952,00;
first professional degrees,
70,000; master’s degrees,
$316,000; and doctorates,
The figures for bachelor’s and
first professional degrees
represent all-time highs. The
estimates for master’s and doc
tor’s degrees are down slightly
from peaks in 1977 and 1973.
Enrollment at the elementry
school level (kindergarten
through grade 8) is expected to
decrease approximately 1.4
perent — from 31.6 million in the
fall of 1979 to 31.2 million pupils
this year. Small annual
decreases in the number of
elementry school students have
been occurring since 1969, re
flecting a continued reduction
in the number of children
between the ages of 5 and 13. In
the mid-1980s this trend is ex
pected to reverse.
At the high school level, a 2.8
decrease from 15.3 million in
1979 to 14.9 million students
this fall is anticipated. Further
declines are expected through
out most of the 1980s.
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