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"Education should be an experience"

"Progress in New Programs at Minot State Discussed", Red and Green, November 03, 1971.

Red & Green article on the progress of several new programs at MSC in 1971 including the Experimental College

To address the problem of traditional course structure and its implication of the finality of the learning experience at the term's end, the EC developed an interdisciplinary approach.  Classes were taught by multiple faculty from differing fields, an approach expected to foster increased student learning and interest.

As much as possible, classes would be connected together through a common theme, originally “Environmental Science” for freshmen and “Survival of Civilization” for sophomores. Learning would not be self-contained within individual courses; all courses were designed to be broad-based, connected, and continuing. Students could continue their study of a subject by developing individual research modules based on the themes.

In an interview with the Minot Daily News in December of 1971, Dr. Clausen summed up his personal opinion on the weakness of traditional college programs.

"Traditional general education is a series of disconnected survey courses without strong student-faculty relationships. To us, general education should be an experience which enables one to see the relationship between earth science and society as a whole. We don’t recognize sharp boundaries."