Saturday, May 25, 2002

UC to offer place for undecided


School to help navigate degree

By Howard Wilkinson, hwilkinson@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The University of Cincinnati is about to create a college for students undecided on a major and for adults and high school students unprepared or “under-prepared” for college life.

        The goal, university officials say, is to make it easier for students to navigate their way through UC to a degree.

        “Our students come here from many different pathways,” said Senior Vice President and Provost Anthony J. Perzigian. ""I'm not sure we have been intelligently set up to handle that.”

        The Collegiate Structures Plan, which would create a liberal arts entrance program for undecided and unprepared students called “Clifton College,” is being touted as the most comprehensive reorganization of the university in nearly 100 years.

        “The whole idea is to make sure that when you come to this institution, you have a chance to succeed,” said UC President Joseph Steger.

        Students who are now classified by the university as undecided on their majors or unprepared for college because of their high school performance are spread out mainly in three large colleges — McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, University College, and the College of Evening and Continuing Education.

        A Collegiate Structures Committee, chaired by Vice Provost Kristi Nelson, has recommend a plan that would consolidate many of the functions of those colleges.

        How the reorganization will actually work is yet to be determined. Implementation, UC spokesman Greg Hand said, is “a year or two” away.

        Mr. Steger said that the reorganization will have no adverse impact on the number of courses available and the times which they can be taken. The goal, he said, is flexibility “to make things easier for the student.”

        “Our students no longer think of college as something to do from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” Mr. Steger said. “And they no longer think in terms of traditional academic departments.”

        Mr. Perzigian said that adoption of the recommendations would end some of the duplication of courses being offered in various colleges at UC.

       



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