A New Kind Of Higher Education
North American Precis Syndicate
Schools that can best prepare their graduates for both a profession and a life are the ones that fuse together new elements inside and outside the classroom in a way students can make their own. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Colleges across the country are adapting to a new landscape
in which prospective students are more carefully scrutinizing their choices.
High schoolers are savvier than ever—more than a third now apply at
nine or more colleges, according to the National Association for College
Admission Counseling. Applying to 15 or 20 schools is not uncommon,
Driven by a desire to make a difference, today’s students want to
know they’ll receive a solid foundation for both a successful career
and a fulfilling and satisfying life. They’re looking for programs that
go beyond the classroom and offer hands-on experiences and real-world
projects. They’re also seeking mentors who will help guide them along
With all of that in mind, they’re asking college admission reps
everywhere a key question: How does your school guarantee graduates will get
the most out of the experience and truly be ready for what comes next?
Small Colleges Can Mean Big Ideas
Small colleges such as Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, are on
the forefront of offering new programs, in part because they’re able to
move more quickly and can provide the kind of one-on-one relationships that
To that end, Drury is launching a new academic experience called Your Drury
Fusion in the fall of 2019 that helps students customize their education
while guaranteeing they’ll graduate with credentials in both
professional and life interests.
In addition to majors and minors, Drury offers a growing slate of
multidisciplinary themed certificates that cross intellectual boundaries,
challenging students to prove and apply what they’ve learned. Each
certificate is 12 credit hours and consists of three hands-on courses and a
For example, a certificate in Graphic Storytelling combines courses in
literature, art and publishing, and challenges students to create a graphic
novel. Other certificates focus on data analytics, health and well-being, and
environmental problems. All aim to teach students to think critically about
projects or challenges.
Students can use the certificates to create projects that relate to their
major area of study and add these to their digital portfolio upon graduation,
giving them an impressive list of experiences to show employers and grad
schools. The program guarantees that students will engage in at least three
real-world projects. The students can even apply for grants to fund these
The program is based almost entirely in small and highly interactive
learning environments. While many small schools boast a low
student-to-faculty ratio, this program backs that up with small group
discussion and team-based projects.
Mentorship is so vital that Drury gives every student a mentoring squad. A
newly founded Compass Center matches students with their very own team of
advisors to help with academic, career and educational success.
A 2018 survey of undergraduates by Civitas Learning found that about a
quarter had gone more than six months without contacting their advisor—and
about 3 percent had never done so. To address this gap, advising at Drury
starts before students even hit campus.
Internships, research opportunities, study abroad trips and a vibrant
on-campus social scene continue to be a part of the experience at Drury.
For further facts, go to www.drury.edu/fusion.
“Small colleges such as Drury
University in Springfield, Missouri, are on the forefront of offering new programs,
in part because they’re able to move more quickly and can provide the
kind of one-on-one relationships that students seek. http://bit.ly/2R63uju”
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