Academic progress continues

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As the Mills campus prepares to welcome first-year undergraduate students this fall who will be majoring in Northeastern programs brought to the West Coast, faculty members are pushing forward the academic development of Mills College at Northeastern specialties set to debut in fall 2025.

In a faculty/staff meeting on May 3, Interim Dean Beth Kochly offered an update: A newly formed curriculum committee solicited proposals from Mills faculty members for new and resurrected undergraduate majors and minors, graduate programs, and certificates. When 31 ideas came in, committee members reviewed and refined them with their authors, connected them with possible collaborators across various Northeastern colleges, and prioritized the proposals.

“We can’t move forward on all ideas all at once. We just don’t have the capacity to do that,” Kochly said. “So, the idea is to build our curriculum in a measured and steady way over the next several years.”

Four undergraduate programs are being put through final approval, with more information to come in the 2023–24 academic year.

On the graduate level, among other proposals, four master’s and credentialing programs in the School of Education—Single Subject, Multi Subject, Early Childhood Education, and Educational Leadership—are primed for fall 2024 pending approval from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Kochly added that more programs will be added to the docket for approval and implementation as they are deemed fit for the evaluation process.