Curriculum

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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New Programs: Animal Studies, Senior Housing, Energy, Computer Security, Organizational Supervision

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New Programs: Public Health, Sustainability, Cybersecurity, Fire Protection

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New Programs: Music Technology, Writing, Analytics, Visual Arts, Journalism

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New Programs: Art, Communications, Business, Entertainment Management, Dance, Sustainability, Corrections

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Animal Studies Beyond Biology

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In his first year as an assistant professor in the University of Iowa’s archaeology department, Matthew E. Hill made a move that many other junior faculty would’ve considered risky: he said he wanted to teach an undergraduate seminar on animals and culture.

“When I first proposed the course, I thought I would get a more negative response – ‘Oh, it’s fluffy’ -- and I still worry about some of my colleagues having that attitude,” he says. “But my chair and other people have been supportive, interested.”

New Programs: Leadership, Homeland Security, Labor Relations, Taxation

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As the Crow Flies

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Arizona State University has serious problems, and that’s just the way Michael Crow wants it.

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