Hastings College Focuses More on Student Outcomes

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The future of higher education may focus more on creating well-rounded, service-minded and goal-oriented graduates while still ensuring they complete their desired majors.

The idea is to create outcomes for students in the areas of civil learning, applied learning, intellectual skills and specialized knowledge in a student's major.

Gary Johnson, Hastings College's vice president of academic affairs, said the campus will soon see a series of changes in core curriculum requirements, individual grade level requirements and what the college wants a student to be by the time he or she graduates.

The concept grew out of a program from the Higher Learning Commission, which gives accreditation to institutions across the Midwest, including Hastings College. The Higher Learning Commission challenged Hastings College and other institutions to go beyond their boundaries and come up with a big idea to make their programs, their majors and their students better.

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