Mount Union Ranked for Integrative Studies, Value
August 03, 2015
ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union was recently acknowledged by two prestigious ranking bodies for its integrative studies program and value for the money.
BestColleges.com cited Mount Union for having one of the top integrative studies programs in the nation, with the university securing the 11th spot in the current rankings.
The Integrative Core at the University of Mount Union ensures a well-rounded educational experience for students. Extending throughout all four years of a college career, this unique curriculum allows students to explore a variety of topics, ideas and modes of inquiry. Mount Union’s Integrative Core is offered as eight courses for a total of 32 credit hours taken in four years of learning. Paired with a major, these foundational classes provide a framework for students to understand multiple ideas from various perspectives. The eight required courses include a first year seminar; foundational courses in humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and arts; two theme courses and a capstone course during the final year. Upon completion of their undergraduate careers, Mount Union students have portfolios in hand that can be taken with them and used as a resource for job searches or graduate school admission.
“This is the liberal arts curriculum for the 21st century in that it focuses on developing students who have strong skills as writers, speakers, critical thinkers and problem solvers and those are some of the key elements the core is designed to address,” said Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley, professor of English and director of the Integrative Core at Mount Union. “We are very deliberately and thoughtfully instructing students and infusing writing and oral communication across all of the courses in the core so they become more sophisticated writers over the course of four years.”
According to BestColleges.com, interest in integrative studies has risen as academics, organizations and students recognize the value of engaging in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary learning. These types of degrees equip students with a wide range of knowledge as well as the critical and analytical skills needed to be successful in the workforce.
“Mount Union’s Integrative Core enhances students’ learning developed through a major and minor and provides for the development of complex thinking and effective communication skills, which are essential for success after college,” said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the University.
In addition to the BestColleges ranking, Mount Union ranked seventh in the state of Ohio and in the top 7% nationwide in College Factual’s “Best Colleges for the Money.” To create this ranking, College Factual compares the academic quality of a school to the cost of obtaining an undergraduate degree from each institution. The higher the quality of the school and the lower the price tag, the better the bargain.
“Both of these rankings reflect the quality education Mount Union provides and the preparation for meaningful work that students receive during their time here,” said Mount Union president W. Richard Merriman, Jr. “Mount Union alumni are achieving great success and excelling at a high level. In fact, 99% of survey respondents among the Class of 2014 secured full-time, degree-related employment or continuing education or graduate school placement in the college of their choice. We’re extremely proud of this accomplishment.”