Rebuilding the Bachelor’s Degree

A great article from 2016 to support our previous discussions:

Why do so many students struggle to graduate on time or at all? Some of them arrive on campus with aspirations that never match their talents. A student may want to be a nurse but run into trouble with biology, or aspire to be an engineer but fail math. Many are overwhelmed by the seemingly endless options, choosing trendy majors over ones better suited to their personalities and skills. Or like Dylan Greiss, they fail to see the relevance of introductory courses and leave.

Meanwhile, as the cost of college has spiraled ever upward and median family incomes have fallen, Americans are increasingly questioning the value of a degree. The recent Gallup-Purdue Index, for instance, found that only 38 percent of recent graduates strongly agreed that their higher education was worth the cost.

For undergraduate education to remain relevant in a 21st-century economy where jobs and careers are expanding and contracting at an alarming speed, the bachelor’s degree needs to be more agile and adaptive and less of a commodity that is delivered at graduation. Several projects underway offer a road map for a future bachelor’s degree that better captures learning outside the classroom provides deeper experiences earlier in an undergraduate’s career, and is less discipline-focused.

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