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Caitlin commented on Imagine a NEW Bachelor's degree

Hi Preet,

Thanks for your comments. We agree that this idea does not apply well to all fields. In some fields, the traditional university goals of developing well-rounded thinkers are extremely relevant and complementary to students' goals. As you suggest, though, in a lot of more technical fields, students are more interested in developing skill sets that will serve as stepping stones to well-paid, fulfilling careers. In these fields, students often see general education requirements as a burden, distracting them from true interests and adding unnecessary weight to student debt.  

What we mean to suggest with this idea is that students who are not interested in overall, broad personal development should have another option that encompasses the same advantages of a traditional bachelor's degree without the excess. We are in conversation from leading employers across industries to develop sample curricula for these alternative bachelor's degrees. Obviously, implementing the idea would meet with resistance from Universities, but we suspect that more focused programs might produce more successful students in engineering, hard sciences, business, and computer science. This might allow top universities to attract students who would otherwise shy away from their price tag.

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Caitlin commented on Imagine a NEW Bachelor's degree

Thank for sharing, Katerina! Indeed, we did draw inspiration from European models that were described to us by interviewees. It would be great to leverage some of the strengths of systems in other countries in the United States to tackle the problem at hand. We will look to university of applied science programs for input in prototyping curricula.  

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Caitlin commented on Imagine a NEW Bachelor's degree

Hi Tyler,

Thanks for the suggestion! I like the idea, and I think it would be a good option for someone in career transition. I believe that existing second bachelor's degree programs offer a similar set of advantages, but these are only available to people who already have undergraduate degrees. What makes the NEW bachelor's degree different is that it is available to anyone who is not interested in the traditional, more broad university education.