Hampshire’s Academic Innovation Planing Group has been working for the last few months to update and re-energize the College’s Mission and student experience. I like where they are heading, and will be very interested to see the resultant outcomes.
"Hampshire College announced today a bold new direction, fundamentally reshaping the liberal arts to match today’s needs.
Three essential elements define this inventive approach:
Students today are demanding and leading change, long before they arrive at college. Responding to students’ desires to create new knowledge that can meet the challenges of the 21st century, Hampshire is reorganizing itself around critical questions. As the pressing issues of our time evolve, so will our curriculum and structures, generating a continually innovating college.
Successful innovators and changemakers easily cross the boundaries of specialization and expertise. Hampshire is removing all barriers across fields of study to create a truly transformative liberal arts college: no majors, no departments, no curricular divisions, liberating students to formulate questions that have never been asked before.
Asking the best questions and pursuing innovative outcomes require the ability to identify a challenge, mobilize resources, integrate diverse perspectives, collaborate, and successfully propose a solution. Hampshire’s new curriculum will ensure that students can take a project from idea, to investigation, concept, and completion."