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First Eliminate All the Majors and Degree Programs

John M. Eger – Huffington Post

Lionel Van Deerlin Professor of Communications and Public Policy,
San Diego State

Posted: March 11, 2011 10:49 AM

Just look at the college catalog — any college — and you will soon discover that more than half of the courses added in the last twenty years boast how “cutting edge” they are. But often, they don’t replace anything. In other words we keep adding to the curriculum making it even more confusing for the student, and making it even more difficult to get out in four years.

In fact, in the CSU — Californian State University — system, the average stay is about six years.

We need to seriously rethink the university curriculum, and literally reinvent it. For starters, we should eliminate all the colleges, all majors and degree programs, and rethink the entire curriculum.

Call it zero-based (education) budgeting.

What do our graduates need to know and why in this new global technology driven world?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, an academic journal covering post-secondary education in the United States, recently raised the question of whether university majors are “silos” inhibiting learning.

I believe that silos are one of the reasons that administrators and faculty have such a difficult time making changes that count. Further, the university majors that exist today are not necessarily job related. Indeed, we all know, a degree of any kind is no guarantee of a job.

What is important is that young people “learn how to learn” (acquire genuine thinking skills) in college and, if possible, find out what they can be passionate about.

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