A new book by Chronicle of Higher Ed editor praises Lynn’s core curriculum
Published May. 08, 2013
Lynn University’s “novel curriculum” is discussed in the new book “College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for College Students” by Jeffrey Selingo, editor at large at The Chronicle of Higher Education—officially published yesterday and available on Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.
According to the official overview, “What is the value of a college degree? The four-year college experience is as American as apple pie. So is the belief that education offers a ticket to a better life. But with student-loan debt surpassing the $1 trillion mark and unemployment on the rise, people are beginning to question that value. Is a college diploma still worth pursuing at any price?”
“We are quite pleased to be part of Selingo’s important conversation about the future of higher education in America,” Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross said. “Our curriculum is designed to merge the best of a liberal arts education with critical thinking skills to not only prepare our students for their first jobs but also their personal and professional advancement throughout their careers.”
In the book, Lynn’s nationally-praised core curriculum, the Dialogues of Learning, is discussed in Undergraduates Exploring Big Questions, pages 192-193, which is part of the book’s Future Forward section. According to the book, the section includes, “a short list of forward-thinking universities to keep an eye on…These are just a sampling of colleges that have adopted strategies and programs that will help prove the value of their degree in the years ahead.”
Lynn’s subsection opens with a quote by Gregg Cox, vice president for academic affairs, “’What employers are looking for these days are people with critical thinking and writing skills.’” Selingo goes on to write that Lynn, “has developed a novel curriculum to impart those sought-after skills.”
During his evaluation, Selingo quotes Tammy Reyes, a graduate student receiving her degree during the May 10 commencement ceremony, as saying, “’The dialogues give you a good perspective on life. You realize that the problems in the world have been around since the beginning.’”