The 2015 SXSWedu Conference and Festival is underway in Austin, Texas.
“Is the purpose of college to get an education or a job?” asked Jeffrey Selingo, professor of practice at Arizona State University, during his presentation, “Redesigning the Overworked Bachelor’s Degree.”
Katharine Haber, education editor for SmartBrief:
Selingo explained that a number of higher-education institutions already are piloting innovative alternatives to the bachelor’s degree that are designed to better meet the needs of today’s economy.
Georgetown University, for example, has designed a four-year, combined — and integrated — bachelor’s and master’s degree pathway, while Arizona State University is working on an eight-major pilot of a project-based degree, which allows students to connect classroom and real-world learning in a meaningful way, he said.
The Minerva Project, through which students spend four years in different cities participating in both coursework and experiential learning, is another example, Selingo noted, while another project at Stanford University Design School envisions an open-loop university where students accepted to the school have access to six years of higher education to use at any time in their lives, he said.
“To me, these various pathways through higher education are going to serve the needs of the economy much better than the one-size-fits-all pathway that we have today,” Selingo said.