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Drury University launches new curriculum model

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Drury University will roll out a new curriculum model next fall in an effort to fuse academic and professional learning.


Your Drury Fusion bucks traditional single majors in favor of a universal program with multidisciplinary certificates, according to a news release from the college.


“Drury University has a long legacy of transforming lives by allowing students to pursue both intellectual passions and professional preparation,” said Drury President Tim Cloyd, in the release. “With Your Drury Fusion, we’re building on that foundation of excellence, evolving and adapting in a way that reflects the very best of American higher education.”


School officials expect the new curriculum model to further enrollment. Undergraduate day school enrollment this fall was 1,491 students, up 13 percent over the past three years, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.


Your Drury Fusion is a result of two years of work by more than 100 Drury faculty members following an in-depth study of what prospective students are seeking in a college education, according to the release. It is designed so students earn credentials beyond their majors and minors in areas of both intellectual and professional interest, according to the release. For instance, a student majoring in architecture also might earn a certificate in graphic storytelling.


No tuition increases associated with the new curriculum are planned, according to Drury spokesman Mike Brothers.


Each multidisciplinary certificate is 12 credit hours and consists of three hands-on courses followed by a capstone project, according to the release.


The new program ensures students will graduate with at least three hands-on experiences, including independent and team projects, research and service, according to the release. The projects created will become part of a digital portfolio students can use to market themselves with prospective employers or graduate and professional schools.


The new curriculum also is providing a new support network for students. According to the release, each student will be assigned a “mentoring squad” to work with students in academic advising, career planning and discipline-specific tutors, writing coaches and peer mentors.


“We believe Your Drury Fusion will set Drury – and Drury graduates – apart,” said Provost Beth Harville, in the release “It will define Drury as a leader in higher education. But, more important, it’s the right approach for our students in a highly complex and changing world.”


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