Curriculum

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
  • New Programs: Emergent Media, Regulatory Science, Entrepreneurship, Forensic Psychology

  • Champlain College is starting an M.F.A.
  • Reforming Teacher Ed

    Prominent voices look to in-the-classroom residencies and colleges of education to reshape how teachers are taught to teach.

    New Programs: Music, Graphic Design, Social Work, Nuclear Protection, Disability Studies, Environmental Science, Law and Public Administration

  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is starting an associate of fine arts program in music.
  • Augustana College is starting a major in undergraduate design.
  • California State University at Monterey Bay is starting a master of social work program.
  • Catholic University of America is starting a master of science degree in nuclear environmental protection.
  • New Programs: Law, Nursing, Physician Assistant Studies, Meteorology

  • Northwestern University, in conjunction with the College of Law, in London, is offering a J.D.
  • Bilingual (Higher) Ed

    Puerto Rico’s Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez attracted thousands of adult students to an accelerated degree program, AHORA, by stressing the kind of flexibility and practicality that one would expect from a program called “now.”

    But when administrators and faculty started considering how to expand into the continental United States they realized it wouldn’t work to simply shift their program a few hundred miles north.

    New Programs: Conducting, Wind Farm Safety, Public Health, Education, Web Science

  • Bard College is starting a master of music degree in conducting.
  • Grand Rapids Community College is starting a certificate program on wind farm safety.
  • Johns Hopkins University, through its Bloomberg School of Public Health, is starting a master of health science program in social facto
  • Left Out of Gen Ed

    When colleges and universities revamp curricular requirements, disciplines can become winners or losers. Those fields that are required (or that have many courses that meet requirements) enjoy assured enrollments. So when a college votes down a foreign language requirement, as faculty members did last year in the arts and sciences college of George Washington University, that can be a blow to those who teach languages.

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