July 30, 2012
College Too Easy? UCLA Makes It Tougher
David Ahntholz for The Chronicle
During a review of undergraduate programs at the University of California at Los Angeles, Judith L. Smith was struck by an uncomfortable realization: Too many majors demanded too little from students.
Some students could graduate without ever taking a senior seminar or completing a substantial research project. The result, says Ms. Smith, vice provost for undergraduate education, is that students could "be pedestrians and walk through the major."
Just as UCLA had done when it