Here’s a New College with a Different Approach


Across the U.S., quite a few colleges have closed their doors in recent years. With the numbers of students pursuing college degrees in decline (after decades of growth fueled by the notion that getting one was the only path to success), why start a new college now?

You might do so if you believe that you have a distinctively better product than most others are offering. That’s the case with Thales College in Raleigh, N.C., the brainchild of educational entrepreneur Robert Luddy. What is different about Thales? To find out, read today’s Martin Center article by the school’s academic dean, Grattan Brown.

At the typical college or university, students get to choose their courses from among a huge number of offerings — the so-called “distribution requirements” system. The assumption is that the students know what they need to learn.

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