Outsourcing Language Learning

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.

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

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

  • 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

    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

  • Augustana College is starting a major in creative writing.
  • Catholic University of America is starting a master of science in business analysis.
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is starting a new associate degree program on "smart grid" technology.
  • New Programs: Engineering, Nursing, Education

  • 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

    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.

    An Intimate Exam

    Upsetting some students, U. of Minnesota Medical School stops using live patients to teach pelvic exams.

    New Programs: Allied Health, Design, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Architectural Engineering

  • Indiana State University is starting a master of science degree in physician assistant studies.
  • Parsons The New School for Design is creating a master of fine arts in transdisciplinary design.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology is starting a bachelor's degree in political science with tracks focusing on digital democracy and bio-politi
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