There are other threads going on this subject that really should be here! As educators we need to openly discuss curriculum and the trends in animation education. Personally, I think it's unfortunate that dance, jazz, animation and other arts are now part of the university system.
In the first place, unless the degree given is spread over more years, it seems impossible to me to provide deep enough training to students who are busy writing papers on theory, and are also taking general liberal arts courses.
I believe in education, but you simply can't do everything at the same time and do it well.
Now that art training is so often "modern," that is, unconcerned with things like perspective and basic visual art literacy, incoming students need to be taught basics. They need this before they can concern themselves with cartooning, layout and background design, or animation. They certainly need to understand good storytelling, and they need acting skills.
How do the rest of you feel about the programs you are part of? What changes would you like to see?