Curriculum

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

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  • 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

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    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.

    New Programs: Computer-Aided Design, Environmental Studies, Architecture, Business and Music

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  • Monroe Community College, in New York, is starting a certificate program in computer-aided design and drafting.
  • Saint Michael's College is starting a major and a minor in environmental studies.
  • The Post-Crisis MBA

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    A few years ago, any discussion of the master’s in business administration would begin with discussions of scandal and mismanagement. Look at instances of accounting fraud at Enron and WorldCom: MBAs behaving badly. A president of the United States with mixed approval ratings and plenty of opponents in his own party: an MBA whose leadership skills seemed lacking.

    The Entrepreneurial Engineer

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    The undergraduate offerings at Stanford University’s School of Engineering could be engaged in a tug of war.

    On one side is the foundation of math, science and major-specific courses students need to earn a degree now, or four years from now. On the other, the skills, curiosity and bent toward problem solving that students will need in their first job and in the job they get 20 or 40 years into their careers.

    No Walk in the Park

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    Gwynn Powell, an associate professor of recreation and leisure studies at the University of Georgia, knew there was something wrong in her department several years ago, when she could not bring herself to recommend any of her students to the directors of a local summer camp.

    “I had to say to them, ‘Well, our students are just not getting this stuff as well as they’re supposed to,’ ” Powell says.

    The DNA Assignment

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    The University of California at Berkeley is an experimental place, and sometimes those experiments start as early as the summer before new students set foot on campus.

    This summer, the university’s College of Letters and Science -- home to three quarters of Berkeley’s 25,000 undergraduates -- will ask freshmen and transfers to return a cotton swab covered in cells collected from their inner cheeks in an effort to introduce them to the emerging field of personalized medicine.

    New Programs: Digital Arts, Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Planning

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  • Goucher College is starting an M.A. in digital arts.
  • Northern Illinois University is starting a Ph.D.
  • New Programs: Psychology, Criminology, Sustainability, Physical Sciences, Renaissance Studies, Tourism, Nursing

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  • American University is starting two new doctoral degrees in psychology -- one in behavior, cognition, and neuroscience, and the other in clinical psychology.
  • Arizona State University is starting an online bachelor of science degree in criminology and criminal justice.
  • Frostburg State University is starting a minor in sustainabili
  • Unwinding Berkeley's DNA Test

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    A group of faculty members at the University of California at Berkeley hoped to generate conversation among students, and expected a bit of criticism from colleagues, for asking incoming undergraduates to submit DNA samples that would be analyzed and discussed as part of an orientation program.

    What they didn’t anticipate -- but got -- was national news media attention and letters from genetics watchdog groups calling on Berkeley to cancel its plans.

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