By Carolyn Turgeon
Associate News Editor
Changes to the undergraduate curriculum will allow students to have more control over which classes earn them their degree.
The framework was approved by the Senate on June 7, 2011 and is being assessed this year.
The alterations will begin in Fall 2012 and be fully implemented by Fall 2013.
“I wanted to turn (the) power over to the students,” said Provost and Vice-President Academic Alan Shepard.
Professionally-related tables will be replaced by professionally-related elective (PRE) categories, which will be open to all students.
“I had a lot of feedback from students that the rules were too rigid,” said Shepard.
The changes will give each student the ability to modify their degree to suit their dream career.
“It will be in your hands to figure out what electives to take to get you to that career,” said Shepard.
The minor policy will also be revised, allowing up to two liberals to count in the required six courses.
“It puts a new responsibility on students but I think they’re up to it,” said Shepard.