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College Redefined at UW-Oshkosh

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College Redefined at UW-Oshkosh

CREATED Aug. 28, 2013

OSHKOSH, Wis.- It's a fresh approach to college at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  They're changing the entire general education curriculum.  Why?  One reason is to help incoming freshman understand why they need to take general education courses.  

This new approach to Gen. Ed. courses is called the University Studies Program.  It' creates new classes and smaller class sizes.  It's a move that has teachers nervous and excited all at the same time.

Emmet Sandberg is an art professor at UW-Oshkosh.  He will be teaching one of the new courses under the University Studies Program, also known as U.S.P.

"It's going to get them involved in the university experience in a way that they wouldn't normally be outside of this program," said assistant art professor at UW-Oshkosh, Emmet Sandberg.

U.S.P. is designed in levels, called Quests.  Each level gradually gets the students more and more involved in the community and the campus.  It's designed to connect learning of all sorts.

"When students take these classes they're taking classes in all different disciplines," said Quest interim director, Tracy Slagter.

The hope with this new curriculum is for students to better understand why they take so many classes in college.

"What is the value of all these classes that you're taking, how do they relate to the major you eventually choose," described Slagter.

This new system has been in the works since 2007 and now it's finally a reality.  These new classes will be offered to incoming freshman.  The program will help students decide on a major within their first two years of college.