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Thursday, January 11 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Educational Session #1: Culture of Exploration: Academic Themes

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Creating a culture of exploration to support student decision making may reduce the number of major changes and improve retention and degree completion. It also could transform the way students engage with the curriculum and co-curriculum at Mason. Borrowing from the literature on choice architecture, this session engages participants in an exercise to cluster the wide range of majors available to students by creating academic themes. Rather than select a specific major such as Government and International Politics or Global Affairs (or foreign language or International Studies in the School of Integrative Studies), the student might choose to explore an umbrella category such as Global Perspectives. What themes or umbrella categories reflect the diversity of programs at Mason and resonate with students and families? What can we learn about the industry model in University Career Services to inform this work? What student support models would help us deliver on this promise of exploration before commitment? How can the Patriot Experience be integrated into these themes? Join us for an interactive session designed to help us create a culture of exploration at Mason.


Jeannie Brown Leonard

Dean, Student Academic Affairs, Center for Advising, Retention, and Transitions

Bethany Usher

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Thursday January 11, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room D

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