No Walk in the Park

Smart Title: 

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

Smart Title: 

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

Smart Title: 
  • 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

    Smart Title: 
  • 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

    Smart Title: 

    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

    Smart Title: 
  • 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

    Smart Title: 

    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

    Smart Title: 

    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

    Smart Title: 
  • 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

    Smart Title: 
  • 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
  • Pages

    Subscribe to RSS - Curriculum
    Back to Top