Rhode Island College does away with 'undeclared' major

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island College has eliminated "undeclared" as a major for incoming freshman in an effort to keep students in school and boost graduation rates.

The state's college's administrators say students who declare majors are more likely to stay in school and to graduate in four years.

The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/1EyieQz ) reports that in place of "undeclared," major, the school has created a new program aimed at engaging the undecided students — who typically make up about 15 percent of incoming freshmen — in a new Exploring Majors program to help them define their course of study.

Freshmen in Exploring Majors choose one of five academic genres — arts, humanities, business, science/math and social and behavioral sciences — over three semesters that provides academic focus.


Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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