Five years ago, a grand experiment in higher education began at a newly endowed coordinate campus of University of Minnesota-Rochester.
The stage for this reinvention was the top two floors of a downtown shopping mall. And the education that took place within its walls was animated by what, for educators, was a singular concept: The idea of an integrated curriculum, that the artificial barriers that separate one discipline from another would be eliminated, that each would serve to cross-pollinate and enrich the other.
And with any new enterprise, there has to be a group of risk-takers, a cadre of students who would come before anyone else — first-time educational shock troops who are prepared to experience first-hand the growing pains of a new university without the shock absorber of history and tradition ...
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