Claudette Riley Springfield News-Leader Published 11:00 PM EDT Aug 14, 2019 Drury University students will find more than just tweaks, slight modifications or cosmetic changes to the course catalog this fall. The private Springfield university has completely upended its approach to general education courses — the foundation of any undergraduate degree — and will debut vastly different curriculum with the start of the 2019-20 school year. The transformation, known as Your Drury Fusion, is at least two years in the making and reflects the input of more than 100 faculty members. “In some ways, it is becoming more of who we are,” said Drury President Tim Cloyd. “But, in becoming more of who we are, it’s also disruptive to the landscape of higher education.” Drury officials said the innovation is a marriage of the liberal arts, practical job skills and post-graduation marketability. But, it is also about survival. Nationally, private colleges and universities have struggled to distinguish themselves so they can overcome recruitment and funding challenges. Cloyd said the changes, driven by market studies and research, will allow students to merge their passions and professional goals. “We know it will drive demand,” he said. More: ‘Not a math kid,’ Drury grad now a software engineer… Read full this story
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