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.

    New Programs: Biotechnology, Paralegal Training, Physical Therapy, National Security, Sport Management, Social Work, Urban Studies

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  • Alma College is starting a major in biotechnology.
  • Bristol Community College is starting a paralegal certificate program.
  • Lynchburg College is starting a doctor of physical therapy program.
  • Misericordia University is starting a bac
  • 3-Year Degrees? Not So Fast

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    As hot higher education ideas go, the three-year bachelor's degree continues to get a lot of attention and praise. Most recently, an op-ed in The New York Times made the case for three years of undergraduate study.

    What Freshmen Will Read

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    College orientation programs don't yet have the power of Oprah's Book Club, but they increasingly feature books that students are asked to read over the summer or during their first week on campus -- and to discuss with their new classmates. The idea is that having every freshman read the same book builds a sense of common experience and adds intellectual content to a week that can easily be consumed by learning a college bureaucracy and socializing.

    New Programs: Humanitarianism, Robotics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences

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  • Fordham University is starting a master of arts degree in international humanitarian action.
  • Mott Community College is starting a certificate program in robotic programming.
  • Roosevelt University is starting a Ph.D.
  • New Programs: Animal Studies, Senior Housing, Energy, Computer Security, Organizational Supervision

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  • Eastern Kentucky University is starting an undergraduate major in animal studies.
  • George Mason University is starting a master of science program in senior housing administration.
  • Oklahoma State University at Oklahoma City is starting an associate of applied science program in renewable and sustainabl
  • New Programs: Public Health, Sustainability, Cybersecurity, Fire Protection

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  • Franklin & Marshall College is starting an undergraduate major in public health.
  • Messiah College is starting a major in sustainability.
  • Utica College is starting an online master's degree in cybersecurity.
  • New Programs: Music Technology, Writing, Analytics, Visual Arts, Journalism

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  • Brookdale Community College is starting an associate degree in music technology.
  • Coastal Carolina University is starting a master of arts degree in writing -- with tracks in technical and creative writing.
  • DePaul University is starting a master
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