December 17, 2012
At U. of Maryland, an Effort to Make Introductory Courses Extraordinary
Joey Pulone for The Chronicle
College Park, Md.
Required introductory courses are as important as they are unloved.
They are a key part of the general-education curriculum, which makes up as much as one-third of the typical baccalaureate student's education, and they are the subject of seemingly never-ending revitalization efforts.
Many senior faculty members avoid teaching such courses because they see them as being filled with callow students with little interest in the subject. Students often see them as the curricular