U of A officials defend requirements reduction

FAYETTEVILLE, AR (AP) - A planned reduction in the core curriculum requirements for the University of Arkansas' largest undergraduate college isn't popular with some faculty members who say they fear the university will no longer turn out well-rounded graduates.

But the campus chancellor, G. David Gearhart, said the move does not amount to "dumbing down" standards that students must meet, despite fears expressed by faculty.

The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences plans to reduce its core curriculum from the current 66 hours to the state's minimum 35-hour general education requirement. University officials say the goal is to ease the transition for students transferring from the state's 2-year colleges and raise the number of college graduates.

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