What if Colleges Designed Gap Years? This Year, Especially, They Should

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The program is aimed at students “who see the world coming apart and want to fix it,” Falik told me. “It’s a response to the moment.”

The 2020-21 academic year looks like an ideal time for colleges themselves to borrow from the creative approaches some outside programs are taking. Colleges have the chance to fashion a different kind of academic year, one that is adaptable to the uncertainties of face-to-face teaching and reflective of the unique circumstances we’re all in. After all, if a deadly global pandemic, sweeping protests over racial injustice, and growing recognition of the schisms of income inequality don’t add up to a teachable moment deserving of a new kind of higher-ed experiment, what would?


By Goldie Blumenstyk






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