Curriculum

New Programs: Sleep Disorders, Information Assurance, Digital Media, Nursing

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Room for Improvement

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Employer survey backed by liberal education group suggests a new emphasis on the quality of undergraduate education.

Outsourcing Language Learning

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A decade after Drake U. pioneered system favoring native speakers over traditional faculty, a few other colleges are trying the approach and the university is taking its concept online.

The New Sustainability U.

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Grand Valley State, in Michigan, is betting its interdisciplinary and hands-on method of teaching sustainability will set it apart from the crowd.

Joint Ventures, Pre-Distress

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Small independent colleges typically seek private investment only as last resort. A Washington lawyer encourages them to seek outside money not to survive, but to grow.

New Programs: Nursing, Cybersecurity, International Development

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  • Nyack College is starting a bachelor of science in nursing program.
  • University of Maryland University College is starting bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in cybersecurity.
  • University of Notre Dame is starting a minor in international development studies.
  • 2-Year Honors Boom

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    Courses for high-achieving community college students are getting more exposure and becoming more competitive.

    New Programs: Creative Writing, Business, 'Smart Grid' Technology, Music and Law

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    New Programs: Engineering, Nursing, Education

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  • Baylor University is starting a Ph.D. program in electrical and computer engineering.
  • Fairfield University is starting a doctor of nursing practice program.
  • Morehead State University, in Kentucky, is starting a doctoral degree -- its first -- in education leadership.
  • Med School, High Tech

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    New medical schools are launching curriculums with more use of simulation and more social science -- and many established schools are moving in that direction, too.

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