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Differential tuition dead in CLAS

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Joseph Steinmetz, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at KU, citing concerns over the rising cost of a college education and the needs to the student body, said that differential tuition on classes in the college is dead - for now.Differential tuition is an extra fee, which is retained by the school or college where the course is taught, tacked onto certain classes. CLAS and the School of Social Welfare are the only academic divisions that don't charge differential tuition."I looked at the numbers a lot over the past year, and I've determined for now that it's just not worth it," Steinmetz said. "I know how expensive an education is. I have a son at Indiana."In a wide-ranging interview with the Journal-World on Tuesday, [Steinmetz][1] said that he hoped to update the majors and classes offered in the college to bring them more in line with what is going on in the world."Most of the major innovations in the academy are going on at the intersection of many different departments," he said.Steinmetz said that as part of his [comprehensive plan][2], he would encourage more classes to be co-taught to include experts from different departments and to better cover areas that might have an impact not only on economics, for example, but also on sociology and psychology.Steinmetz also said that he hoped to revitalize graduate programs, increase course offerings and help students graduate in four years by adjusting the general education requirements. [1]: http://www2.ku.edu/~clas/faculty/deansoffice/steinmetz.shtml [2]: http://www.clas.ku.edu/about/plan.shtml

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bearded_gnome 7 years, 1 month ago

said that he hoped to update the majors and classes offered in the college to bring them more in line with what is going on in the world.

okay here are some suggestions for what's happenin' now!

department of slackers. department of text messaging, obviously next to the communications dept.

department of cynicism, next to the department of philosophy.

department of Whine [with an "h."] in the area of the psychology dept.

department of lousy driving, but come up with a latin phrase for that one.

department of profligate spending, give it a big budget.

department of grunge music...oooops, that's the wrong college.

department of road rage, again needs a catchy latin phrase for the study of road rage and also again next to the psychology department.

department of political doublespeak/spin...stuff never taught in Poli Sci.

department of the study of bad landlords, i.e. slumlords, scumlords [landlords who habitually rent to scum].

department of bureaucratese.

and of course the department of excusology.

hey, I should get a contractor's fee from the CLAS for this work!

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